A STORM-BATTERED badger cub has been release back in to the wild after a miraculous recovery.

The RSPCA have released the badger back to his sett after they found him cold, wet and barely conscious in bad weather.

He was dubbed 'Stormzy' by staff and was found when concerned residents spotted a collapsed badger on a footpath in Bures.

They called the RSPCA and Stormzy was rushed to a rehabilitation centre in Thorrington.

RSPCA Inspector Jess Dayes said: “This poor little badger was in a really bad state - cold, wet and barely breathing - when the residents found him.

"As he was hardly conscious, they were able to pick him up, wrap him in a blanket and put him in a cardboard box.

Halstead Gazette: Stormzy (RSPCA)

“I rushed him to Wildlives Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in Thorrington, near Colchester, where they immediately put him into a warm-up tank and treated him with fluids and a bottle of milk.

"He was soon feeding properly, and amazingly, within a couple of hours, he was bright as a button and growling at us."

Stormzy continued to make great progress and after a few days he had improved enough to be released back into the wild.

Halstead Gazette: Stormzy (RSPCA)

Thanks to the help of the Suffolk Badger Group, who identified which sett the little badger had originated from, they were able to release him right back into his home territory.

Jess added: "“This story has a very happy ending, but it could have been very different.

"My thanks go to the eagle-eyed local residents who reported the little badger’s plight to the RSPCA, Wildlives Centre who did such a wonderful job of treating and rehabilitating ‘Stormzy’ and the Suffolk Badger Group for their help.”

Halstead Gazette: Stormzy (RSPCA)

Stormzy was rescued on Tuesday, May 25 and after being successfully rehabilitated, was released back into the wild on Saturday, May 29

The RSPCA advises that if a member of the public spots a badger in trouble, they should not try to handle the animal, but should contact the RSPCA.