- May 23, 2015
You're right, badgers have poor visual acuity and are extremely short sighted so they frequently run in front of vehicles, getting killed. Their primary senses of smell and hearing don't serve them well where traffic is concerned.The badger jumped out too close and too fast, for ultra-bright lights to make any difference.
When I was in India i was told the secret of judging which way the cow would move ,which is whichever way the cow turns its head, that is the direction it will next move in.I was half expecting the stupid beggar to jump the wrong way.
Best left. As you say like all injured wild animals it will prefer to hide and the shock of capture when they are already severely injured can kill them anyway.A badly injured badger isn't going to live for long in the wild. The RSPCA don't attend unless you know exactly where the inured animal is - I've tried calling before about injured animals. I did think about trying to locate it, but it's a large wooded area and because it's a wild animal, it'll hide. And I'm in no shape to try.
Your accident sounds very nasty ideed! How did you get to hospital? I was driven home, them to hospital by a kind retired couple who noticed me on the side of the road. Their Volvo estate even had room for the bike. Many other drivers just swerved and drove by.OP - I had a similar incident a few years ago when a 'well-behaved' dog ran straight in front of me at the last possible second. I was climbing a hill so going pretty slowly, but went over the bars and ended up with fractures to my wrist and elbow, but more seriously, compression fractures to my spine.
I'm in my '60's so don't bounce or heal as quickly as a younger person. I had a lot of discomfort for several months and lost over an inch of height as a result of the spinal injuries. That said, I did eventually recover and got back to cycling after about 1 year off. It was partly that incident which took me down the path toward ebikes as I don't have the leg power I used to have. I don't doubt that you'll be in some discomfort for a considerable time, but with luck you'll recover in time and get back on the bike - here's hoping!
flecc - love the pictures of the wildlife in your garden. We have foxes visiting regularly, but no badgers unfortunately. One year, we were able to watch several fox cubs playing and chasing each other round the garden - haven't seen so many this year
We had one handsome fox a few years ago and he's in the attached photo having a snooze at the top of the garden.
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I had the good luck(?) to be knocked off my bike in the middle of town very near to a bicycle shop. A passer-by helped me get to my feet and I walked the bike round to the bike shop with her assistance with the intention of leaving it with them for safe keeping. I knew I would hurt a lot once the adrenaline wore off, so I was able to get a large people-carrier type taxi to take me and bike home. I was able to get changed and drive myself to A&E ( I have an automatic car). It was now beginning to really hurt and I was quite happy to take the cocodamol tablets offered by the hospital.Your accident sounds very nasty ideed! How did you get to hospital?