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Three boys have come to a badger’s rescue that was stuck down a 20-foot deep pit in Falmer, East Sussex.

Brothers Elias and Idris and their friend Aaron, were helping an elderly neighbour collect apples from an orchard.

The three eleven year olds went to explore the old pump house on the farm and spotted the badger stuck in the pit, according to the RSPCA.

Mum of the brothers, Dodie Baker said:

“They spotted the badger and rushed to get their dad.

“They came to get a boiled egg and a chicken water trough and lowered them down into the pit and poured water through a hose from a watering can.

“They wanted to make sure the badger could have something to eat and drink.

“They did really well. I was surprised that they had thought of all of that.”

The boys’ parents then called the RSPCA for help.

Inspector Liz Wheeler went to the scene, on Wednesday October 24 and used her extendable net to scoop the badger out of the pit.

Inspector Wheeler said:

“The three boys were lovely and did an amazing job helping this badger.

“I’d like to say a big well done and thank you to them – they saved this badger’s life!”

It’s believed the badger stumbled into the pump room and fell down the pit while foraging for food.

Inspector Wheeler checked the badger over and, as he wasn’t injured, released him nearby so he could make his way back to his sett.

Inspector Wheeler said:

“We always encourage people not to try to rescue wild animals themselves as they can bite and scratch when frightened.

“We’d also urge people never to put themselves in danger to rescue an animal and always to contact us or another agency for help.”

The pit where the badger was rescued from. Photograph: RSPCA