Badger cub 'Stormzy' released back into the wild after thunderstorm rescue
- Credit: RSPCA
A badger cub, who was found close to death in a thunderstorm, has been released back into the wild after spending several days being cared for by the RSPCA.
Dubbed 'Stormzy' by the wildlife centre which took care of his rehabilitation, the cub was found on a footpath in Bures by local residents during a storm on Tuesday, May 25.
They called the RSPCA and inspector Jess Dayes rushed the freezing animal to the Wildlives Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in Thorrington, near Colchester.
"This poor little badger was in a really bad state — cold, wet and barely breathing — when the residents found him," she recalled.
"As he was hardly conscious, they were able to pick him up, wrap him in a blanket and put him in a cardboard box."
Once at the centre, Stormzy was put in a warm-up tank and treated with fluids and a bottle of milk, where within a couple of hours he was "bright as a button and growling at us".
He continued to make great progress and after a few days he had improved enough to be released back into the wild.
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Experts at the Suffolk Badger Group identified which sett the little badger had originated from so that the RSPCA were able to release him right back into his home territory on Saturday, May 29 — just four days after his rescue.
Miss Dayes added: "This story has a very happy ending, but it could have been very different.
"My thanks go to the eagle-eyed local residents who reported the little badger’s plight to the RSPCA, Wildlives Centre who did such a wonderful job of treating and rehabilitating Stormzy, and the Suffolk Badger Group for their help.”
The RSPCA advises that if a member of the public spots a badger in trouble, they should not try to handle the animal, but should contact the helpline on 0300 1234 999.