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After Attack on Son, Dad Kills Coyote With His Bare Hands

'It was very much the aggressor,' NH father says

(Newser) - A New Hampshire father took his family for a hike on Monday and ended up killing an apparently rabid coyote with his bare hands. Police say Ian O'Reilly went into "protection mode and suffocated the coyote until it succumbed" after the animal attacked his 2-year-old son on a... More »

Bat 'Ran Into His Hand.' Weeks Later, He Was Dead

British Columbia man died from rabies

(Newser) - Nick Major was spending time outside on Vancouver Island in mid-May when a bat "essentially ran into his hand," according to provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. It's atypical to encounter a bat in the daylight, but apparently Major saw no cause for concern right away. Six... More »

She Saved a Stray. Then, What Norway Hasn't Seen in 200 Years

Birgitte Kallestad died of rabies 2 months after she played with pup in the Philippines

(Newser) - What should have been a feel-good story has since turned tragic. The BBC reports on the turn of events that started in the Philippines in February, where 24-year-old Birgitte Kallestad was on vacation with friends. Per a statement given to the Daily Mail, via the New York Post , Kallestad and... More »

'Aggressive' Otter Injures 3 in Florida

'The scariest part was that it didn’t let go'

(Newser) - Otters aren't the first animal to come to mind when most people think of dangerous Florida wildlife—but a run-in with an aggressive and probably rabid one left a woman temporarily unable to walk. Maitland resident Ann-Christine Langselius tells Fox News that she was walking her Goldendoodle on a... More »

Cat in Morocco Sends British Man Home With Fatal Virus

The victim died of rabies after a bite while abroad

(Newser) - A British man is dead after authorities say he sustained a bite from a rabid cat while traveling abroad. Per the BBC , the unnamed victim became infected with rabies in Morocco and died after returning home to Britain. The Telegraph reports the transmission occurred several weeks ago and that the... More »

He'd Find Bats on His Bed and Handle Them. Now He's Dead

Gary Giles first person to die from rabies in Utah since 1944

(Newser) - Gary Giles and his wife, Juanita, would often use their hands to catch the bats that would end up flying around inside their home in Moroni, Utah, and they never had any issues. "The bats would lick our fingers, almost like they could taste the saltiness of our fingers,... More »

A Rabid Fox Attacked Her in Her Yard: 'I Had to Do Something'

New Jersey's Tammy DuBois strangled it with one hand

(Newser) - A woman trying to fend off a rabid fox that was biting her in the leg reached down with one hand to hold shut its mouth and with the other strangled it, the AP reports. "I couldn't do anything else to get it away from me," Tammy... More »

Her Baby Raccoon Rescue Goes Spectacularly Wrong

Woman and 20 of her friends need rabies shots after she takes in abandoned animal

(Newser) - A woman recently brought a cute baby raccoon into her Colorado home, causing an ugly situation, officials said last week. According to authorities in Weld County, the woman brought in the abandoned animal, which ended up testing positive for rabies. Subsequently, 21 people had to be preemptively treated for rabies... More »

Coyote Involved in Rash of NY Attacks Had Rabies

6 people were attacked, animals were attacked and killed

(Newser) - Over a 24-hour period last week, a coyote or coyotes attacked multiple people, killed a dog, and may have mauled three sheep—one fatally—in Yonkers and surrounding areas of New York. Now authorities say a coyote believed to have been involved was rabid. The coyote was captured and killed... More »

6-Year-Old Got a Scratch, Died Weeks Later

Ryker Roque contracted rabies after sticking hand in bucket with infected bat

(Newser) - Ryker Roque told his friends his father could "fix anything." Rabies was one thing that proved beyond him. Six-year-old Ryker died at a Florida hospital Sunday, weeks after putting his hand in a bucket holding a bat his father had found, reports NBC News . Henry Roque says he... More »

Maine Woman Drowns Rabid Raccoon With Bare Hands

'Imagine the Tasmanian devil,' says Rachel Borch

(Newser) - Rachel Borch was out for a jog in the woods near her home in Hope, Maine, when a "ferocious-looking" attacker with beady eyes and tiny teeth made a beeline for her, reports the Camden Herald . Borch, 21, knew immediately that something was wrong with the raccoon that was charging... More »

Salad Mix Included a Bat: Report

CDC can't rule out rabies; 2 people in Florida being treated

(Newser) - A bag of salad mix went a little heavier on the "mix" than the "salad," reports CNN . Two people in Florida are now being treated for rabies exposure after finding a dead bat in a bag of Fresh Express Organic Marketside Spring Mix. Just in case you... More »

Vampire Bats Now Feasting on Human Blood

Scientists in Brazil say they're evolving because of a decline in birds

(Newser) - Human encroachment typically means bad news for a given species (recent examples include giraffes and cheetahs ), but one mammal appears to be fighting back. Researchers say the hairy-legged vampire bat has adapted surprisingly fast from drinking the blood of birds to that of humans to survive, reports the Telegraph ... More »

Rabies Kills a Pregnant Woman; Son Finds Better Fate

Tens of thousands of humans die of rabies every year, most poor and unvaccinated

(Newser) - Thanks to widespread vaccination campaigns across most of the developed world, very few people or their dogs in those areas contract rabies, which is almost always fatal in humans. But in parts of the world where vaccination rates remain far lower, rabies claims tens of thousands of human lives a... More »

'Exciting' New Rabies Strain Found in New Mexico

It was discovered after rabid fox bit woman

(Newser) - A new strain of rabies has been discovered in southern New Mexico, federal and state health officials have confirmed. While it doesn't present any more of a public health threat than the known strains of the potentially fatal disease, the discovery is generating curiosity in scientific circles because it'... More »

Rabies From Dogs Kills 160 People a Day

First global survey finds surprising numbers, especially in Asia and Africa

(Newser) - The first worldwide survey of rabies finds some surprisingly high numbers—figure about 160 deaths a day from dog bites alone. More than a third occur in India, and about half the victims are kids. Authors of the study in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases say it's ridiculous that tens... More »

75-Year-Old Attacked by Rabid Raccoon Strangles It

Cas Overton knew she couldn't get away from it

(Newser) - In 2012, a troop of Boy Scouts stoned a rabid beaver to death. Those upstate New York boys have nothing on Cas Overton, who strangled an attacking raccoon to death with her bare hands on Saturday afternoon. It's worth noting the Henrico County, Va., woman is 75 years old,... More »

Maryland Man Dies of Rabies From Kidney Transplant

Organ came from Florida man who died of encephalitis

(Newser) - Maryland's first fatal case of rabies in nearly 40 years came from a kidney transplant, reports the Washington Post . At first doctors doubted the victim could have contracted rabies from the transplant because he received the kidney 15 months before his death, and rabies rarely has an incubation period... More »

Scouts Stone Rabid Beaver to Death

Scoutmaster bitten 6 times in river attack

(Newser) - If they handed out merit badges for bravery during a beaver attack, the boys of Troop 32 would be first in line. One of the leaders of the upstate New York troop was swimming in the Delaware River when he was attacked by the rabid animal. "It came through... More »

US Sees 1st Death by Vampire Bat Bite

19-year-old died in Louisiana but was bit in Mexico, CDC finds

(Newser) - For the first time in history, someone has died inside the US after being bitten by a vampire bat, according to a new CDC report. A 19-year-old Mexican man worked a single day at a Louisiana sugar cane plantation last year before fatigue, numbness, and pain in his shoulder sent... More »

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