Wilhelmina the Orphaned Badger Cub

Published on Monday, November 5th, 2018

Dick and his whole family were always very keen on animals. There were always lots of dogs, birds, some cats and various other pets at their family home.

One day in around 1953, one of the family came across a badger cub that had fallen through the bars of a cattle grid near their home and become trapped there. Unfortunately, the mother was nowhere to be seen, meaning that there was only one thing to be done…

                                      

Dick’s brother Tony decided to adopt the young badger, who was too young to have survived on her own. He named her Wilhelmina and fed her milk from a bottle. As she grew bigger and stronger, Wilhelmina became a part of the family, and was even accepted by the family’s dogs, becoming one of the pack. The dogs and Wilhelmina would chase each other around the lawn and get into all sorts of mischief together.

                          

Comments

  • Ellen Mary Sullivan says:

    rats, I thought this would be longer ! 🙁

    • Charles Hurst says:

      Sadly we don’t have much information about Wilhelmina as it was such a long time ago, and nobody wrote it down as far as I know. I enjoy looking at the photographs though, and can imagine her scampering around with the dogs.
      Charlie (one of Dick’s grandsons).

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