Badger rescued from Oxford skate park

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A mum and daughter team worked together to rescue a badger which got stuck in a skate park.

Debbie White and her daughter Amelia, of Oxfordshire Badger Group, were called to the Oxford Wheels Project skate park in Meadow Lane on Monday.

Members of Girl Skate Oxford spotted the female badger  a protected animal – in the concrete skate bowl where she had become trapped. She is believed to have been stuck in the bowl overnight.

Oxford Mail: The badger may have been trapped in the bowl all night. Picture: Oxford Badger GroupThe badger may have been trapped in the bowl all night. Picture: Oxford Badger Group

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The mum and daughter duo captured her and checked her over in the shade, before she was released back into the wild.

A video shared on Twitter by the group shows the badger happily scurrying back off into the undergrowth upon release.

Our rescue team were called to a badger stuck in a skate park this morning.

Happy to say the Badger was fine and after a check over it was released.

Well done team!#badgermonday pic.twitter.com/68kFwrvZjL

— Oxon Badgers (@OxonBadgers) July 11, 2022

Ms White, badger vaccination and rescue coordinator at Oxfordshire Badger Group, said: “The rescues are coming in thick and fast at the moment.

“Lack of water and food for most wildlife causing them to travel further.”

Oxford Mail: Debbie White and her daughter Amelia worked to rescue the badger. Picture: Skate Girl Oxford Debbie White and her daughter Amelia worked to rescue the badger. Picture: Skate Girl Oxford

A spokesperson for Girl Skate Oxford called the pair “absolute heroes” for their work and came “in no time at all” to rescue the badger.

Ms White wished to stress that it is important to put out water for wildlife during the heatwave.

Oxford Mail: The badger was released back into the wild. Picture: Skate Girl OxfordThe badger was released back into the wild. Picture: Skate Girl Oxford

Volunteers from the Oxfordshire Badger Group are taking part in an ambitious programme of vaccination to protect the local badger population from Bovine TB. Badgers have been blamed – unreasonably according to many scientists – for spreading the cattle disease, which is spread from cow to cow.

Scores of thousands of badgers have been slaughtered in government-sanctioned culls which critics say are based on bad science, don’t work and are implemented only to appease sections of the farming community.

The vaccination programme aims to save Oxfordshire badgers from culling.

More details from oxonbadgergroup.org.uk/

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This story was written by Sophie Perry. She joined the team in 2021 as a digital reporter.

You can get in touch with her by emailing: sophie.perry@newsquest.co.uk

Follow her on Twitter @itssophieperry

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