Mechanical digger rescues dog from badger sett

Tyke, a Lakeland Terrier from near Consett, in County Durham, has been rescued from a week trapped in an old badger sett.

After a seven hour operation, in which a mechanical digger moved ten tonnes of earth, Tyke emerged apparently unharmed. He’d gone missing seven days previously, whilst out on a walk.

His owner, Stephen Walling, told the BBC that he’d been back to check on Tyke every day and could hear him barking.

The delay in rescuing Tyke was due to laws that protect badget setts. However, Jim Milner, a spokesman for Natural England, explained:

“In that situation there was a live dog down there which everyone knew was alive.

“From the badger point of view the fact that it wasn’t a main sett meant that there was less risk to the badger. It was probably not a breeding sett.”

Mechplant North East provided the equipment free of charge after hearing of Tyke’s plight.