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    Default The adorable badger cubs abandoned by their mothers

    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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    Awww-poor little ones-so cute.
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    Reminds me of my favorite childhood book
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    I read badgers when grown are some mean mothers, pound for pound some ruthless predators.

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    Aw, sweet things. I've seen some Badger cubs in my garden and they are so cute.

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    Very cute. I like badgers a lot. Interesting that you have them in your garden Sarzy! Do you see grown ones often?

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    [YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PQ-I3YYCvk[/YOUTUBE]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peike View Post
    Very cute. I like badgers a lot. Interesting that you have them in your garden Sarzy! Do you see grown ones often?
    Not often. Mainly only when they have young and visit the garden with them looking for food. It's difficult to spot them as they only really appear when it's dark, so you have to be lucky to catch sight of them. Last year the mum and her cubs arrived around the same time every night, so I knew when to look out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by celeb_2006 View Post
    I read badgers when grown are some mean mothers, pound for pound some ruthless predators.
    It's true. I saw them on tv once, and there's some from Africa (called honey badgers I think), who will attack huge, venomous snakes and bit its head off and eat it with no fear. They also go after bee hives, even if they're attacked by a swarm. They have no fear at all. I remember one badger actually passed out from the venom of the snake, but he didn't die. Truly amazing, but frightening at the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelais View Post
    Reminds me of my favorite childhood book
    OMG! I loooved the Frances stories. I liked the one where she had a tea party with the little blue china cups, awwww.
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    Grim, what the hell is that? TOO FUNNY!

    They are so cute. I want one

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkly View Post
    It's true. I saw them on tv once, and there's some from Africa (called honey badgers I think), who will attack huge, venomous snakes and bit its head off and eat it with no fear. They also go after bee hives, even if they're attacked by a swarm. They have no fear at all. I remember one badger actually passed out from the venom of the snake, but he didn't die. Truly amazing, but frightening at the same time.

    [YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c81bcjyfn6U[/YOUTUBE]

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    ^That;s the video, thanks for posting it.
    Ever since I saw that, I've sort of been afraid of badgers.
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    Badgers mating = scary shit.

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    wow....

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