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Bathgate orphaned badger cub rescued from rabbit burrow

Bracken the badger cub
Image caption Five-week-old cub Bracken was found by a member of the public in a rabbit burrow in Torphichen, Bathgate

An orphaned badger cub found in a rabbit burrow has been rescued in West Lothian.

The five-week-old female cub was found by a member of the public in a rabbit burrow in Torphichen, Bathgate.

She has been taken to the Scottish SPCA's Wildlife Rescue Centre in Dunfermline, Fife, where she has been named Bracken.

"Badger cubs don't usually come out of the sett until they are eight weeks old", said centre manager Colin Seddon.

He added: "We're not sure how Bracken ended up in a rabbit burrow.

"She has maybe been dragged out by another animal or something has happened to her mother.

"She's far too young to fend for herself so we are hand rearing her until she is feeding herself and is healthy enough to be released."

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