|I saw the rabies warning on the bats - shouldn't that
go for all the
mammals since they can all be potential carriers (like the squirrel
that wasn't afraid of people or the unresponsive vole - those are
rabies symptoms) and any slow enough to be caught and handled are likely ill in some way?
I did a web search on +"frequency of rabies" and +bats and found the following from a Texas newspaper:
"Myth: Bats carry rabies.
Another web site claimed the chance of a bat having rabies was less than that of a cow, but they didn't site a source.
I also found a bat conservation web site (batcrew.com)
with probably the most well worded safety warning of the sites I had found:
"If you are bitten by any animal that could be rabid—or
Another Canadian site suggested that if bit by a bat or
And I peeked through the Center for Disease Control website...
"When people think about bats, they often imagine things that are not true. Bats are not blind. They are neither rodents nor birds. They will not suck your blood -- and most do not have rabies. "
"Any mammal can get rabies. The most common wild reservoirs of rabies are raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes, and coyotes. Domestic mammals can also get rabies. Cats, cattle, and dogs are the most frequently reported rabid domestic animals in the United States."
"Bats account for less than 10% of the approximately 7,000–9,500
I also learned that while humans can be known to carry
rabies, there have only been 8 known cases of a human contracting rabies
from another human. All of them were recipients of cornea transplants
in third world nations and the donors had died of either confirmed rabies,
or had shown symptoms compatible with a diagnosis of rabies.