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Injured badger who travelled 20 miles under Nottingham nurse’s car is released back to the wild

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An injured badger who travelled 20 miles under a car has been released back to the wild thanks to the RSPCA.

As previously reported, Children’s nurse Adele Frost had spotted a badger under her car while at her home in Heage, but thought he had run off.

 

The following day she travelled to work at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham some 20 miles away.

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Having worked her shift, when she went to leave she heard a thud and spotted the badger running under the car next to hers and realised the only way this badger could have got there was by travelling in the undercarriage of her car.

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The badger was rescued from the car park by RSPCA inspector Teresa Potter and then cared for at the charity’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, in Nantwich, Cheshire.

 

Once the badger’s wound’s had fully healed he was given the all clear to be released back to the wild.Teresa was able to release the badger and took him back to where he had first been spotted.

 

She said: “After all this poor badger has been through I’m really pleased that he’s made such a quick recovery and been released back to the wild where he belongs.

 

“It was lovely to see him go off into the night and I just hope that he’s learned his lesson and will keep well away from cars in the future!”

 

Adele said at the time: “I’d seen the badger the day before and believed he had ran off. But it’s just too much of a coincidence to then see another one the following day – so I instinctively knew it was the same badger and he must have somehow got in the undercarriage and stayed there.

 

“I just felt disbelief really and he must have been hanging on for dear life while I made the journey to work – not knowing he was under my car!

Lee Stewart, centre manager at Stapeley Grange, in Nantwich, Cheshire, said: “This poor badger really was extremely lucky and I’m so pleased to see that despite his ordeal he has made a full recovery and now released back to the wild.”

The rescue took place on April 12.

To support the ongoing work of Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre during this extremely difficult time, please donate to their Justgiving site: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/RSPCAStapeleyGrangeWildlife

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit our website or call our donation line on 0300 123 8181.