Badger cubs are usually born around the month of February.
They stay underground for a number of weeks before finally emerging in April and May.
Badgers live in a 'SETT" as a family group. They are very social animals with mum, dad, and other members of the "Clan" all living in the sett.
Badgers cubs can be found following disturbance, getting lost (like the one above), being picked up by a dog, flooding of the sett, or any number of reasons.
Badger cubs cannot be reared in isolation. They must be reared with other badger cubs.
If handed into a Wildlife Rescue, please ensure that there are other cubs for playmates or if not, that the cub will be moved to another Rescue which does have other cubs.
Secret World in Somerset rear many badger cubs and are highly experienced. They have also written and produced a protocol on rearing badger cubs.
IF YOU FIND A BADGER CUB - please don't go putting it down any old badger sett. If it is NOT the correct sett, the other badgers may attack it.
DO NOT give the badger cub cow's milk
Keep the badger cub warm
Keep the badger cub securely contained
Ring a Wildlife Rescue asap ensuring that they are familiar with badger cubs.
REMEMBER - badger cubs can bite. The older they are, the stronger their bite
The Wildlife Orphanage on 0771 1883072
The East Yorkshire Badger Protection Group
The Badger Trust
Secret World Wildlife Rescue, Somerset
Jean Thorpe, Ryedale Rehabilitation, Norton, Malton,North Yorkshire
Jean has many years' experience in caring for badger cubs and also runs Ryedale Rehabilitation.
On the 1st April, a female hedgehog was admitted with lacerations and a broken leg. These were caused by a dog attack. The leg had to be amputated
The Wildlife Orphanage has had an influx of small hedgehogs over the last few weeks. These are the Autumn Juveniles, born late in the year. They are often seen out in daytime and looking a bit wobbly. Please act quickly if you see one as they go downhill rapidly.
With winter just around the corner, these little hogs will be just too light for hibernation. They need to put on lots of weight to see them through the winter.
If you see a tiny hedgehog roaming about, often in daylight,
Please ring 0771 1883072 for advice.