Madam X reminds me to REMIND YOU that it is Rabies Season (if there is such a thing). Adorable baby animals are out now. Bobcats and foxes can be SO CUTE.
Just a head’s up but bats carry rabies.
So do bobcats.
So do those adorable little foxes.
So do coyotes.
So do just about everything except rabbits and rats which are rarely identified as having RABIES.
Just to be clear, rabies is deadly. Very few people make it out alive if they get it.
A recent story came to light (earlier in 2018) about a man in Florida who found a bat and took it home to show his son. He placed it in a 5 gallon bucket in the yard. Six year old Sonny Boy came home, found the bat, played with said bat, and then contracted rabies and died.
This is a Bat
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A bat bite is usually not even seen. That is why the CDC recommends that anyone who finds a bat in their bedroom after waking needs to get the rabies shots. You might not even see or feel the bat bite.
PLEASE. PLEASE stay away from bats.
Rabid animals will appear disoriented and may come up to you out in the desert when you are hiking. They may come up in your yard.
REMEMBER – WILD ANIMALS ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS. EVER.
If they are coming up to you, they are probably RABID.
Get out of their way very quickly and call the Animal Control person in your area or a Fish and Wildlife worker.
Stay safe in the desert, dear friends,
Usuri Moray for Madam X