A New Year call of the wild

PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 December 2012

Joshua the badger cub.

Joshua the badger cub.

Secret World

A SOMERSET wildlife centre is calling on families and individuals in Weston to adopt a wild animal as part of their new year resolutions.

Secret World, based in East Huntspill, is being flooded with distress calls involving cold, hungry and malnourished creatures due to their habitats and hunting grounds becoming waterlogged.

And the charity, which is soon to embark on the building of the South West’s first wildlife education centre as part of its Call of the Wild Appeal, can expect to take in more than 4,000 orphaned or injured animals and birds during 2013.

It costs more than £160 to rescue, care for and later release every single creature at the charity, and Secret World founder Pauline Kidner is urging people to adopt a fox, badger, otter or hedgehog.

Those signing up for the adoption programme would receive benefits including a fact sheet and an annual update on the creature.

Their subscription would help the charity in a number of ways, including transport costs for the volunteer response drivers, food, antibiotics and medicines plus heating and bedding.

To adopt an animal visit http://www.secretworld.org/adopt.html or for more information on the Call of the Wild Appeal visit http://www.secretworld.org/fundraising_callofthewild.html

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