Badger rescued after getting trapped between house and fence

A badger had to be rescued after getting trapped between a house and a fence

A badger had to be rescued after getting trapped between a house and a fence - Credit: RSPCA

A badger which became trapped between a house and a fence has been rescued and released back into the countryside. 

The animal was spotted in the narrow gap on February 26 by a Reepham resident, who called the RSPCA for help.

They only realised the mammal was stuck after a neighbour's dog began barking frantically at around 4am. 

RSPCA inspector Ben Kirby said the badger had been trapped for around eight hours, but was eventually brought out unharmed. 

He added: "It was clear the poor badger had tried digging himself out as there was the start of a hole dug under the fence.

“He was a fully-grown adult and very feisty, so I had to be very careful. With the help of two neighbours, we removed the fence panel and placed a portable kennel into position.

"Using a special catch pole, I  manoeuvred him along the gap and soon got him out of that tight spot and into the kennel. 

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“My thanks go to the concerned resident who reported the badger’s plight to us."