Boris is a year old badger that just over a week ago got himself in a bit of a predicament.
A very thoughtful member of the public contacted Oxon Badger Group about a badger that had been caught in some wire.
It turned out that the badger was actually caught in a snare.
Unfortunately snares are not illegal, and are used to catch mainly foxes and rabbits. Snares are designed to capture the animal alive for the owner of the snare to return and kill it. Many animals suffer badly in snares in their panic to escape.
Also many ‘non target’ animals get caught in snares including badgers, cats and dogs.
The League against Cruel Sports has a campaign against snares which you can read here. https://www.league.org.uk/snares
The Wildlife Crime Unit are dealing with this.
Luckily for Boris, he was rescued by members of the Oxon Badger Group and another kind individual, and rushed to Tiggywinkles Animal Hospital.
Tiggywinkles did a fantastic job of looking after Boris, who had injuries around his chest from the snare.
After a week of antibiotics and painkillers Boris was free to be released. I was very lucky to be there when he went. It all happened so quickly. As soon as the lock was lifted, he pushed open the door himself and ran off in to the undergrowth.
Good luck Boris and stay safe