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Influx of abandoned fox and badger cubs in Wiltshire

6 May 2010 - BBC News

A Wiltshire wildlife hospital has appealed for help to cope with an influx of fox and badger cubs. Wild Things Res-Q, in Newton Tony, will look after the cubs for at least four months until they are big enough to be released. Marilyn Korkis, who runs the charity with her husband, said she has been working around the clock to feed the four badgers and nine foxes. She has appealed for donations of kitten or puppy food.

Mrs Korkis said the first fox cub came in after it was carried into a school by a cat. The others, she said, had either been abandoned or their mother had been run over. "There are so many casualties on the road, if something has happened to mum they come above ground to try and find her," Mrs Korkis added. She said she was getting up through the night to feed one badger cub milk through a syringe as it would only eat little and often. "The badger cubs are so sociable, you can hug and cuddle them because they want that closeness. We're getting through so much milk and kitten and puppy food. We will get them on a more natural diet later on, but at this stage we are mashing the meat up with formula milk. If people want to donate adult dog food we can also use that later on."

The hospital is also looking after about 100 hedgehogs, ducks and its first owl patient.

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