Firefighters rescue badger in distress

Emergency services save Brock from a sewage tank.

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The firefighters used a ladder to access the tank © RSPCA

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Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service joined forces with the RSPCA to retrieve a badger, which had fallen into an empty, 4.5m-deep tank at a sewage treatment works.

Once the anxious mammal was sedated, the fire crew went down into the tank using a ladder, put him into a basket and handed him to RSCPA inspector Sarah Bate.

“The poor badger had exhausted himself trying to get out,” says Bate. “I got him to a vet to be checked over, and thankfully he wasn’t injured.”

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The badger was exhausted after attempting to escape from the tank © RSPCA

Bate went on to explain that after waking up from sedation, the badger was released into the wild – far away from the sewage tank!

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