An injured badger cub is being cared for by RSPCA Isle of Wight thanks to the quick-thinking actions of members of the public.
The lone cub was discovered curled up next to a footpath in Brighstone by local couple Rob and Annette Hickman.
“While out walking our dogs we spotted the tiny badger which looked like it was in trouble. We could see it was bleeding and appeared very scared,” said Annette. “We made contact with the Isle of Wight Badger Trust for advice and luckily they were able to come out immediately to assess it.”
Graham Lee from the Isle of Wight Badger Trust found the cub had a puncture wound to the head which needed attention. After treatment by Green, Roberts and Butler – ‘The Carisbrooke Vets’, it was taken to RSPCA Isle of Wight’s Godshill centre for specialist care while it recovers.
Graham said: “Unfortunately, at this time of year we find cubs who have got lost or injured or orphaned cubs wandering around after their mum has been run over on the road.
“It is really important that people keep a look out while walking in the countryside and contact us if they see a badger cub on its own. Please don’t attempt to pick up a badger cub, they are wild animals – so it is best left to the experts.”
More information about the Isle of Wight Badger Trust can be found at badgertrust-isleofwight.co.uk or via its Facebook page: Badger Trust Isle of Wight.