Badger rescued from Porth Beach in RNLI operation
20 May 2010 - BBC News
A badger was rescued by a RNLI crew when it became stranded on rocks at a
Cornish beach. The Newquay RNLI lifeboat team was alerted to the incident on Porth Beach at about 0940 BST by the
RSPCA. The RSPCA and RNLI used a cage and
collaring pole to catch the badger before transporting it ashore. It is thought
the badger had become stranded on the rocks after being caught out by the rising
tide. The badger was not injured.
Helmsman Joe Emmett said: "We've rescued dogs before, also the odd dead cow
or sheep that were shipping hazards, but never a badger. The badger wasn't very
happy, and didn't seem to be a fan of the
RNLI nor appreciate our services. Once
the RSPCA had him in the cage, he settled down and was as quiet as a lamb."
Badgerland say: The
RNLI are a fantastic
organisation and we have nothing but praise for them. There may be some
circumstances in which it is preferable to use a grasper to capture a badger.
Generally, you are better to coax a badger into a cage (or an open dustbin on
its side) using so-called "pigboards". Most badgers do not like having a wire-noose
put round their neck! Some people who work for the
RSPCA do know this!
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