Juvenile Badger, Marloes - Pembrokeshire, Wales
Unfortunately these images come with a sad story.
It starts off as all good stories do; we were sat in the local pub in Marloes with liquid refreshment writing scripts for the next days filming when we overheard the barman asking his friend if they'd seen the badger in the back garden. Double take. Did he just say badger? Baring in mind this was early evening in the summer and the sun was still burning bright. We followed suit and came across a young badger patrolling around the pubs small field/large beer garden. Before you knew it, we'd passed back through the pub, out the other end and had fetched the cameras from the car before you could say mashed potato (you have to be a 90's kid for this joke...).
As we got closer to this incredible little creature we started to feel like there was something wrong. By the time we had to start zooming out to fit the badger in the frame, the initial excitement wore off as we began thinking this wasn't normal. Checking the back of the camera, it became apparent that this young thing was completely blind.
Speaking to the barman afterwards, we learnt that the badger had been there a few days and they'd been feeding it carrots by hand to give it a helping hand. The RSPCA had also been informed although I fear there is little they can now do.
The wild is a harsh place to be and some creatures aren't lucky enough to make it through to adulthood, but that will never take away from what an incredibly beautiful and diverse ecosystem we have - one that we must work hard to save. I won't go on about this matter but wildlife has a hard enough life as it is - lets not make it harder for them with our own blind ignorance.