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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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