Badgers, Foxes, Squirrels, Bats, Deer and other Less Common Wildlife
These animals are much harder to assess and treat. Normally by the time we see them they are very sick, quite often close to death, or their injuries are normally severe. Handling them is very stressful and they can become very aggressive. This is why we suggest not putting yourself at risk as most will bite or attack even when they appear to be collapsed.
You should contact us, the R.S.P.C.A, the police (for deer) or a local rescue centre that will have experience in dealing with such animals in a safe and stress free way . Quite often special equipment and traps are needed to safely collect these animals if their injuries are only moderate.
Some of these animals also carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans, and not just through being bitten. Badgers can carry tuberculosis and one species of bat have been know to carry rabies, so by helping you could be potentially putting yourself at risk.
The take home message from this article is to watch first and help second, give wildlife a chance to help itself.