With their adorable faces, shiny eyes and striped fur, it is hard to imagine any mother abandoning such cute cubs.
But these triplets - named Copper, Penny and Bob by their rescuers - were just two weeks old when they were found crying for their mother in a field. Their eyes had not even opened yet.
They were discovered cowering under a storage container removed by builders in a field in Ditchling, West Sussex.
These three six-week old badgers were found orphaned
It is believed their mother had chosen the unusual home for her nest because of competition for dwindling habitats, but fled when they were disturbed.
Now the cubs are being fed round the clock by the Wildlife Centre Project in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, along with another four baby badgers.
But Annette Risley, who runs the charity with her husband Dave, said the fact they were already looking after seven orphans at this time of year was a great concern.
She said: 'It is very worrying because we would only expect to see only one orphaned cub by now. To have seven already suggests we could see a record number this year as they don't usually start appearing until May.'
She said she feared the numbers of orphaned badger cubs would increase as hungry mothers take greater risks to venture out for food.
The triplets are among seven cubs in total found by the centre so far this spring
Mrs Risley said: 'We watched them for a while hoping she would come back for them. They were making distressed calls for her but we had to take them in as the cold night drew in or they would have perished.
'There are a lot of badgers being killed on the roads at the moment as the mums go looking further afield in the hunt for food or set up home in less secure places. It is worse than I have ever known it this year.'
Copper, Penny and Bob - named after slang words for coins - weighed less than 1kg between them when they were found. Now they get through almost three litres of special powdered milk every 24 hours and weigh about 1.5kgs each.
Annette said: 'We have launched an appeal to help pay for their care as we are unfortunately expecting many more over the next two or three months.
'We will look after them at arm's length so they don't get too used to humans and release them back into the wild in autumn.'
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