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A BEDRAGGLED young badger had to be rescued after becoming entangled in a football net at Henley-in-Arden High School.

The badger was discovered on the morning of Monday February 13, caked in mud after getting trapped in the net over the weekend.

The badger was discovered on the morning of Monday February 13, caked in mud after getting trapped in the net over the weekend.

RSPCA animal collection officer Simon Dix was called and eventually managed to rescue the animal, taking it to Vale Wildlife Hospital in Tewkesbury to treat its injured front leg and remove all the netting.

“This badger was in a really sorry state when I got to him and would have been unable to free himself without human help,” said Mr Dix.

“He could have been struggling all weekend which might explain his unkempt condition.”

After medical attention, the badger is now coming on well and officers hoped to release him this week.

However, Mr Dix warned locals to ensure their sports nets were secured away when not in use.

“Netting such as goal nets poses a real hazard to our wildlife and sadly we get too many calls to injured wild animals that are trapped in them,” he added. “There is a really simple way to prevent this from happening and that is for nets to be removed after use and safely stored away.”

 

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