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Monday 22nd December, 2014

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One Woman And A Badger

One would think that gaining a reputation for being enthusiastic and never failing to take on a challenge, so long as it has something to do with wildlife, would be a good thing. However, I have learnt over the last summer that it can really be your downfall and lead to extreme cases of tiredness and arguments with your mother!

When my friend Terry found himself landed with an abandoned badger cub, he knew exactly which mug to call.

Taz arrived covered in scabs and almost completely bald curled up with a hot water bottle. She didn’t look the most appealing of creatures, having a rather loud voice and a smell all of her own. She screamed when she was hungry, or cold, or uncomfortable and after a week or so I was rapidly taking on the exhausted appearance of a first time mum.
As she grew stronger, Taz soon earned her full name of Tasmanian Devil, which suited this ankle biting little monster very well indeed.

It was difficult not to grow to love Taz since, although being hard work and having extremely strong, sharp-toothed jaws for such a small animal, she was also very playful and as lovable as any puppy.
At twelve weeks old she was eventually weaned – through much trial and error as she was extremely picky about her food – and has now gone down to Somerset where she has been introduced to a group of other orphans. Eventually, after extensive TB testing, they will be released into the wild together to form a clan. Although her boisterous presence is missed we feel that successfully rearing our first badger cub has been a great achievement for the WOT’s wildlife hospital and another string to our bow.
This experience has done a great deal to prepare us for taking on wild mustelids and other carnivores as cubs or kittens in the future and we are looking forward to taking on more challenges next year.

Jenny Holden

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