Rabies, not just for raccoons

We’ve all heard the stories about crazy rabid raccoons right? If you see a raccoon during the day; its rabid! This is actually completely false. Raccoons in residential areas have become comfortable in those surroundings and will hunt for food, shelter or water during the day. Now, if you see a raccoon acting CRAZY, or foaming at the mouth during the day, there’s a chance it is rabid or has distemper. We also know that dogs and cats can carry or contract the rabies virus, hence why we get our animals vaccinated against it, right?

But did you know that otters can carry rabies? Neither did I until I did some research. They generally get rabies when they are attacked by another predator that’s infected with it. It is however very rare, in the last 20 years there’s been less than 30 cases of rabid otters reported in Florida.

Another animal that I didn’t think could contract rabies….Foxes, I’m not sure why I didn’t think they could contract the virus but I didn’t. It turns out all mammals can get rabies and mostly carnivores contract the virus, but not always.

Fish, Frogs, Snakes, Lizards and Birds can not contract the virus…imagine that!