Appeal for driver who hit badger
28 July 2006 - BBC News
An urgent appeal has been launched for a motorist who hit a badger to contact
animal rescuers so it can be released back into the wild safely.
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service said the woman took the
animal to a vet in Bexhill after hitting it on Thursday evening. Trevor Weeks,
rescue coordinator, said it could be killed if it was not returned to exactly
where it was found. "Badgers are very territorial. We need to find out where she
hit it," he said.
The woman took the badger to the Greenleaves Veterinary Night Clinic after it
was hit in the Eastbourne, Bexhill or Hastings area, rescuers said.
Mr Weeks added that rescuers could be committing an offence under the
Abandonment of Animal Act if badgers were not released to the exact spot where
they were found. "If we release the badger even a few hundred yards away from
where it was hit we could be releasing the casualty in the wrong territory and
as a result cause it to be killed by neighbouring badgers. This is an extremely
lucky badger. Preliminary examination shows minor damage to the face which
should recover easily and fairly quickly, " added Mr Weeks.
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