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Baby badger rescued in East San Diego County now recovering and "feisty"

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Posted at 1:47 PM, Mar 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-29 17:32:59-04

(KGTV) - A baby badger, once lethargic and in need of care, is recovering after treatment at the San Diego Humane Society’s Project Wildlife Center.

The Department of Animal Services got a call Thursday about the badger in the Jewel Valley section of Boulevard in East San Diego County. The caller told animal experts the badger had not moved all day.

An animal control officer responded to the scene and found the badger to be lethargic. The officer took the animal to the Humane Society facility on Gaines Street in Mission Valley for treatment.

Veterinarians are bottle-feeding the badger, which weighs about two pounds, according to animal care expert Lauren DuBois. When the badger reaches adulthood, its diet will consist of small animals including ground squirrels and pocket gophers.

DuBois said the badger will possibly be released to Fund for Animals in Ramona. Badgers can be aggressive and require ample space, according to DuBois.

By Friday morning, Dan DeSousa, Director of Animal Services reported “the badger is doing well and is feisty.”

Badgers, though rarely seen in San Diego, are native to the area, according to wildlife experts.

“In my thirty years with Animal Services here in San Diego County, this is the first badger that our Department has ever encountered” said DeSousa. “We are thankful to have Project Wildlife here in our community to provide the needed care for these animals in their time of need.”

Anyone who encounters a wild animal in distress can call 619-299-7012 to report the matter.