Johnny Depp cuddles orphaned badgers as he continues his UK tour with Jeff Beck

Johnny Depp has been pictured cuddling orphaned badgers at a wildlife center in Kent as he continues his UK tour alongside musician Jeff Beck.

The actor has taken to the stage with Beck several times this week and was seen waving to fans and drinking in a Newcastle pub with Sam Fender on Wednesday.

His activities come shortly after Virginia jurors returned a favorable verdict to him in his multimillion-dollar defamation case against former partner Amber Heard.

Social media posts from the Folly Wildlife Rescue center in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, showed Mr Depp with the animal, named Freddie Mercury.

He was dressed in a military-style jacket over a plaid shirt and wore a peaked cap and dark glasses.

“Guess who came to see us at Folly Wildlife Rescue – no you don’t see anything – it’s the real Johnny Depp,” the post read.

“As you probably know Johnny appeared with our patron Jeff Beck on his UK tour and during a recent break Jeff’s wife Sandra brought him to visit us and see by itself the work we do with wildlife.

“And what an amazing afternoon it was for our staff and volunteers as they visited the hospital’s medical and veterinary units.

“Johnny was incredibly complimentary and, in his own words, ‘blown away’ by what he saw.

He continued, “To top it off, we even granted him the rare privilege of briefly holding Freddie (as in Mercury!) one of the many orphan badgers we are currently hand raising.

The actor has taken the stage with Beck several times this week (Scott Hepell/AP)

“I think it’s fair to say he was overwhelmed by the whole experience.”

It comes as Depp has been confirmed to join Beck for the rest of his UK tour.

The actor, who collaborated with Beck on 2020’s track Isolation, has already surprised audiences and fans when he joined the musician on stage in Sheffield and London’s Royal Albert Hall.

He will now perform in Gateshead, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and York.

Herman C. Harkins