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Badger rescued from mine shaft in Midlothian

Badger Image copyright Scottish SPCA

A badger has been rescued after being stuck down a mine ventilation shaft in Midlothian.

The animal was found in Bonnyrigg by dog walker John Stevenson on Saturday.

Stephanie McCrossan, of the Scottish SPCA, said: "Mr Stevenson had tried to make a ramp with lots of branches to enable the badger to free herself, but the drop was too steep.

"We eventually got a ladder to reach her."

She added: "I was able to catch her very easily and she managed to survive her ordeal unscathed.

"Due to her being so fit and healthy, I was able to release her straight back into the wild, where she can roam freely."

Image copyright Scottish SPCA

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