Not long ago, a young badger was running for her life. Other badgers were chasing her, as they fight violently at times, and this little one was desperate for a hiding spot. She crawled through an air vent on an old farmhouse and chose the front loading washing machine as a dark and quiet place to conceal herself. Only she did that job too well and no one realized she was inside when a load of laundry was tossed in on top of her until the load was complete.
Hydestile Resident Animals (visit their website here) in the UK is a wildlife refuge run by Graham and Lyn Cornick and a few volunteers. Though Graham and Lyn went into semi-retirement a few years back, they are always ready to help a new patient in an emergency.
This video shows Graham caring for the rescued badger who is safe and fully recovered (there is no upsetting footage). Graham is stunned that the young badger was able to survive the wash and credits her luck to the fact that the washer was set on an economy setting.
Though this rescue is unusual, small animals do frequently jump into washers and dryers and not every story ends this well. If you have a puppy, kitten or any other small animal in your home, please pay special attention to the following hazards:
4 High-Risk Household Areas for Animals
Brought to you by the Harmony Fund international animal rescue network.
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