Notes from St Tiggywinkles: Daring drivers bring oddest casualties in

A wood louse-eating spider
A wood louse-eating spider

I would not say Melanie in reception was panicking – perhaps just a little concerned that a good Samaritan came in carrying an injured young fallow deer.

Knowing the strength of even a young deer Melanie was worried that this semi-conscious casualty would suddenly come around and kick the place to pieces.

An urgent call “Triage” over the radio brought nurses running with a Tiggywinkles deer trolley, vital in handling these feisty animals.

It never ceases to amaze me how people will put themselves on the line to actually bring in these often dangerous wild animals.

Many a time a driver has come in with ‘a muntjac in my boot’ or ‘on the back seat’.

The most memorable was the bewildered driver who had ‘muntjac stuck up behind the radiator’ – a regular place to find road victim pheasants.

One driver drove in with an unconscious badger in his passenger foot well. 
The badger came around and disappeared up behind the dashboard.

It wasn’t an animal to be messed with so we ended up dismantling the whole console assembly.

The badger was fine. I am not so sure about the car.

Usually we are confident in coping with all these ‘drive it yourself’ animals but even we were concerned about the spider driven in from Princes Risborough.

A young boy, with accompanying adult, had been bitten by this spider, causing his finger to swell to twice its normal size.

There should not be any venomous spiders in Britain but I still recommended the father take his son to A & E just in case.

Now to identify the eight-legged villain (above), would we have to go to the Natural History Museum for an answer? No, it turned out to be a common wood louse eating spider that we could safely release into the wild.