On the way down to Devon on Good Friday, we stopped off at Secret World in Somerset for their Badger Bonanza open weekend.
The Badger Bonanza involved talks, family activities, craft stalls, good food and the chance to see some of their rescued badger cubs.
During the day we listened to a talk about how many Badger cubs Secret World were looking after.
A horrifying story about a female Badger who was shot locally and how the Secret World volunteers found and rescued cubs.
We heard about another badger cub being caught up in netting and some of the other reasons why badgers end up in rescue centres such as Secret World.
Pauline spoke about her views on the Badger cull and briefly about how the cubs would be raised and eventually released back into the wild. All badgers that are in Secret World are triple tested for bTB.
A small number of Badgers were brought out for members of the public to see. This was handled very carefully so the badgers didn’t get distressed or upset.
While the cubs are being cared for at Secret World they start off with being fed puppy milk powder until they are weaned at around nine weeks old. After which they go on to tinned puppy food. Secret World have an Amazon Wish list for donations. We took down 20 tins of puppy food when we visited.
As well as Badgers, Secret World rescues all types of wildlife, including Foxes, Deers, Otters, Hedgehogs and birds.
We were also able to talk to Somerset Badger Group and The Somerset against the badger cull group who had stalls there.