A young badger has been released back into the wild after giving an RSPCA inspector the run around and attempting to hide in his van.

A young badger has been released back into the wild after giving an RSPCA inspector the run around and attempting to hide in his van.
 
The badger tried to hide out under Inspector Wickham's vanRSPCA inspector Steve Wickham was called out to the base of a cliff in Brighton, East Sussex, after a member of the public spotted a young sow and feared she may have fallen and injured herself.
 
However, when Mr Wickham arrived and tried to catch the animal, it ran under his van and hid within the wheel suspension.
 
Inspector Wickham said: “She was looking for somewhere to hide and as badgers are nocturnal, I suppose she picked underneath the van as a hiding place because it was dark.
 
“She was not to know that a van was not a safe haven to sneak into, but if we had not spotted her she could potentially have been stuck in there as the van drove off.”
 
He went on: “As it was she was well and truly caught up into the mechanics of the car. I climbed right underneath but could not get at her. And no amount of coaxing was getting this young girl away from her cubby hole.”
 
Eventually, Inspector Wickham was forced to call in East Sussex Fire and Rescue to lift the van up and free the animal.
 
“She was checked by a vet and found to be healthy and so will be returned to the wild,” he said. “It is believed that she came from an area about half a mile away where there is a population of badgers.”

picture courtesy of RSPCA
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