Occasionally, you may find a badger at risk. Rescuing
badgers at trouble is indeed a humane activity. However,
it should be borne in mind that badgers can sometimes
be dangerous too. Therefore, these animals need to be
handled by trained personnel. If you come across a badger
requiring assistance, you may contact the wild life
rescue centre at your locality. Several circumstances
may indicate to you that a badger is at risk. Understanding
some of those situations may be helpful to you in deciding
whether a badger needs assistance.
Generally, badger cubs live inside their family groups
in the sett and do not come out of the sett under normal
conditions. If you happen to find a tiny badger outside
its sett, it can mean that the badger has some problem.
Sometimes, they also make a sound called whickering,
meaning a loud and distressful call. Under such situations,
you must stay away at a distance and ensure whether
the animal is really orphaned.
Badgers are nocturnal animals and remain sleeping all
day. They come out only at nights for food. Finding
adult badgers during daytime can mean that they need
assistance. If a badger is hit by a car, it would require
an immediate medical assistance. Under such circumstances,
you can cover the badger with a blanket and inform the
wild life rescue center at your locality. Badgers are
normally suspicious of human beings and run away at
your sight. If a badger is approachable, it can mean
that it is in trouble. However, you might call the experts
to handle them.
Sometimes, badgers are found moving with great difficulty.
Even if their legs are fractured, they can still move
about. Also, if you find a badger dragging both its
hind legs, it can mean a fractured spine. Also, the
badgers may be found with open injuries too. You may
sometimes find a badger caught in a fence or snare.
On such occasions, it is not appropriate to just release
them right away. Under a condition called pressure necrosis,
the animal might appear normal outside, but the skin
of the affected part might die and open up eventually
exposing the wounds. Therefore, they need to be treated
before releasing. In all these cases, you might call
for medical assistance and leave the animals to be handled
On the whole, in rescuing badgers, it is important
that you properly ascertain whether the animal really
needs assistance, besides guarding yourself against
getting hurt by them.