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Last Updated: Wednesday July 13 2005 14:29 GMT

Badger botches window escape bid

A badger
A badger caused havoc at a home in Swindon when he smashed a window trying to escape from a house he had broken in to early on Wednesday morning.

The intruder is thought to have sneaked in through the cat-flap, and trotted all the way upstairs where he tried to jump through a closed window.

The animal was rumbled by startled neighbours who heard the crash, and went to see if the home-owner was okay.

The "injured and dazed" animal was found by police on the bedroom floor.

The neighbour who heard the sound of smashing glass, alerted the 78-year-old resident and the police were called.

He said he "had seen a head, possibly an animal, look out of the window" of the property, police said.

Confused and injured

The badger is now receiving treatment at Swindon District Animal Haven where staff hope to nurse the confused animal back to health.

John Warwick, from the centre, said: "It's a young male, it looks to have been suffering pain from some old injuries, possibly in fights with other badgers, and was probably looking for a quiet, safe place.

Badgers are very inquisitive animals, which is probably how it ended up upstairs, he added.

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