HarlowBadgerGroup Discovering the world of the badger People living in Harlow   80,000 Badgers living in Harlow UNKNOWN! Essex Badger Hotline 07751 572 175 Cristal the injured badger, named by a young visitor to her pen: Jamie, the grandson of Brian Bull. She was hit by a car on a blind bend on the A113 High Road, Chigwell, on the 30th June 2011 and found by Barry Samms  who had the presence of mind to put a traffic cone right on the corner a few metres away from her. This action prevented any further injuries being inflicted by on-coming cars and protected me whilst rescuing her.  On my arrival, I could see her on her back still on the road, kicking the back legs in the air.  I lifted her into my cage where she decided to take a bite at the fingers of my gloved hand.  The vice like jaw, gripped the fingers of the glove, where they remained through-out the trip back to Bishop’s Stortford Veterinary Hospital.  (Note:  Since the day I sustained a very painful bite from an adult badger that resulted in the loss of my thumb nail, I now always anticipate getting bitten and withdraw my fingers a little within the gloves.  Once bitten twice shy.)                                                                Cristal remained motionless when placed on the scales still attached to my glove and in shock.  She was given an anti-inflammatory injection, along with antibiotic followed by further medication given orally during that day.  She was then transported back to one of the pens at my home where she was placed on soft bedding in a medium size Sky Kennel, the latter covered to darken.  A CCTV camera was rigged up to monitor her throughout her stay. I did not know at the time the nature of her injuries. I was soon to find out. But first, she needed to rest and when ready, take in some food and water. Treatment   She was covered with fleas and that was sorted out with her first course of Frontline (Spot On Cat) of 0.5ml was used. Water was given to her via syringe which she swallowed eventually.  I tried feeding her dog/chicken meat with a spoon no response, until I put some Hill’s Prescription Diet a/d meat that did the trick, no stopping that tongue licking the spoon.  She managed to eat a full tin, she was so hungry.  The next day this was repeated again and was eagerly taken from the spoon.  Over the following days she would respond to chicken meat only and would raise her head to try and get to the spoon before you had the chance to scoop it out of the tin.  This was heart- warming to see.   She followed my every movement with her eyes.   Cristal