Rescuers rush to save badger hit by a car


A badger that had been hit by a car in Hailsham was rescued by the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) in the early hours of yesterday morning (Tuesday, July 28).

The WRAS received an emergency call at 3am to say a female badger had been hit by a car on Battle Road, Hailsham.

Duty rescue co-ordinator Chris Riddington took the call and rushed to the scene, where the caller had very kindly waited with the badger.

Chris said: “These situations are always very frustrating for callers who are worried about the casualty, and especially when in a road - is it going to get run over again? Will it try to run off and hide and then not be found when rescuers arrive?

“Callers can’t exactly pick up casualties like badgers and foxes as they can cause serious injury if not handled correctly, in addition to causing the casualty more injuries or death if not picked up in the right way.”

Using a dog grasper, the badger was contained and after a quick assessment, the out-of-hours vet was called.

Vet Mike Symons met Chris at WRAS’s Casualty Care Centre, where the badger was sedated to allow Mike to carry out a full assessment of its condition.

Chris added: “The poor badger was suffering from a clear head trauma, no obvious fractures were found. She was in a critical condition at the hospital and given medication and supportive care and closely monitored.”

The badger is currently in care and being monitored by WRAS’s care team. She is making a gradual improvement but not out of the woods at the moment.

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