Billy badger cub

I’m posting two blogs today about badgers.

One had a happy ending, this one didn’t.

A member of the public rang Oxon Badger Group explaining that they had found a female badger that had been killed on the road.

RTA badger

This amazing person was thoughtful enough to check on the badger.

Many badgers at this time of year could be suckling cubs and it would be devastating for that family if the mother doesn’t return home. Also some badgers may not actually be dead.

It is essential that if you find an injured badger or any other animal, a qualified person is called, as injured animals can be very aggressive.

Unfortunately this badger was dead, but the rescuer (Alan) saw that there was a cub nearby and it was desperately trying to ‘wake’ its dead mum.

Still from footage by Alan

Still from footage by Alan

After a call to Oxon Badger Group, it was decided that the quickest course of action was for Alan to take the cub straight to Tiggywinkles. Which he was very kind enough to do so.

Members of Oxon Badger Group went out to the area to search for the sett and to see if there were any more cubs. Alan, who found her also checked daily. No other cubs were found.

Although, unfortunately the rescued badger cub died a few days later, at least it was in the best possible hands, with the best possible treatment and care, thanks to the vigilant member of the public.

It helps Oxon Badger Group to know where setts are around the county, so these setts can be monitored and found in cases like these. If you know of a local sett around Oxfordshire, please don’t publicly post its whereabouts but email in confidence to

Be a Badger Angel

Please slow down for badgers – Give Badgers a brake

Next blog has a happier ending.


About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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5 Responses to Billy badger cub

  1. Susie Richards says:

    Saw a dead cub on the road near Marcham today. So upsetting.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. ramblingratz says:

    How very tragic, poor badgers have so much to contend with at the moment. A big thanks to Alan for caring.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Helen White says:

    Oh so sad, unfortunately I often see dead badgers (that are obviously very dead) lying by the roadside. its heartbreaking.

    Liked by 1 person

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