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It’s officially Spring!

We have all been waiting for better weather and blooming flowers. But did you know it’s a busy time of year for the National RSPCA wildlife centres? They receive lots of calls about baby animals from concerned members of the public who find them out and about.

Our advice is it’s normally best to leave baby animals alone, as their parents are usually nearby. Getting close to their young can scare them off, so below is an article from the National RSPCA with some tips to help you know when to help a baby animal alone. In this blog, we cover badgers however for more information on other wildlife, click here

 

Badger

 

Young badgers are called badger cubs and can be born as early as late December, although peak period is the beginning of February and cubs can be born as late as April. Litters range from one to five cubs, but two or three cubs are most common. Cubs stay below ground and emerge from their sett around eight to ten weeks old. They may continue to be dependent on their mother for some time afterwards.

What to do if you find a badger cub

If you find a badger cub on its own, its eyes are open and it looks healthy, monitor it from a distance for 24 hours (at least overnight). If you are worried that there is no adult badger with a cub, leave dog food and water nearby, and check again in 24 hours. Leaving food out daily will also help cubs during dry weather. Badger cubs can bite so avoid handling them. They should only be touched if they genuinely need help.

When to contact the National RSPCA

If you see a badger cub alone:

  • in immediate danger (such as by a road)
  • sick or injured
  • with obvious signs that the sett has been damaged.

Keep at a safe distance, making a note of exactly where you found the cub and call 03001234999

 

Badgers in captivity

Badger cubs should only be taken into captivity as a last resort. Average stay in a wildlife centre is 6 months, which is a long time in a young badger’s life. Cubs taken into captivity must be handled as little as possible and it’s important to note the exact location where they were found in case they can be returned.

Please don’t try to rear a cub yourself, they need expert care and facilities to survive.

Badgers are protected animals

Badgers and their setts are protected by law under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992.

Visit the Living with badgers (PDF 384KB) factsheet for more information.

 

 

EmmaIt’s officially Spring!