A mum was left horrified after a BAT flew into her home and scratched her two-year-old daughter’s face – leaving her needing rabies jabs.
Terrified Charlene Corcoran, 33, woke up at 2am and felt something scurrying around the top of her head.
She knew it was an animal and then heard a flapping noise and realised it was a bat flying around her room.
Charlene ran out of the room and her husband returned to take a photo before opening the bedroom windows and shut the bedroom door to let the bat fly out.
But next day Charlene, of Leavesden, Hertfordshire, woke her daughter Amelie – who started talking about seeing ‘birdies’.
Her mum was then horrified to see a scratch on her face.
Brand manager Charlene immediately contacted a doctor who then phoned Public Health England and Rabies UK.
It was decided Amelie was to be administered a full course of rabies vaccinations.
The incident happened on Sunday May 31 when Charlene and her husband woke up in the early hours.
Mum-of-two Charlene said: ”It took a while to work out what it was.
”We both ran straight out the room – we soon worked out it was a bat. I was shocked and absolutely terrified.
”We started googling how to deal with the situation and my husband ventured back inside to open all the windows.
‘We vacated our bedroom for the night and went and slept in our children’s bedrooms so the bat could find its way out.
”The next morning I woke up next to my daughter, and when I moved the curtain she started speaking about ‘birdies’.
“She said ‘is the birdie there?’ and that’s when I saw the marking on her face. I was in complete disbelief.”
Amelie received the first of her four injections on Tuesday at Watford General Hospital.
She is to be administered three more over the course of the next three weeks.
Thankfully Amelie is making a speedy recovery and has suffered no serious illness or discomfort as a result of her injuries.
Charlene said: ”The doctors carrying out the procedure were all wearing full PPE which is very scary for a two-year-old.
”The vaccinations are frighting enough for the little ones without all that going on.
“We had so many different doctors and nurses come in to hear the story as it’s such an unusual thing to have happened.”
”It’s going to be one of those interesting facts about yourself that she can use at work when she’s older.”
”When we explained that we lived in greater London it was even more of a shock to everyone.”
“Apparently Northwood, which isn’t too far from where we live, is a bat consultation area.
”So we think that’s where it may have come from – although that’s seems a really long way to fly for a bat.”