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Bat that bit children tests negative for rabies
BEAUMONT - Beaumont Animal Services confirms a bat that got inside a west Beaumont home and, according to the family, bit two children, has tested negative for rabies.
The Houston Department of Health and Human Services reported the information to Beaumont Animal Services.
The bat was discovered in a house on San Anselmo Sunday morning, April 28, and was captured by Animal Services and sent to the Houston lab on Monday for testing. Bats are high risk animals when it comes to rabies and with any potential human bites or actual bites the testing is mandatory. If no contact were made, then it would be recommended to release the bat into the wild.
Animal Services would like to remind people that May through August is maternity season for bats in our region. One might encounter baby bats learning to fly or mother bats that are on the ground, being weighted down by her pups. It might be hard to tell if this is the case or if the bat is really sick; therefore, we recommend to never handle a downed bat. If you find a downed bat contact your local animal control authority to remove it and make a determination if it is sick or releasable.
Beaumont Animal Services may be contacted by dialing 311 or for more information on bats visit: www.batworld.org.
April 28 KFDM story - BEAUMONT - Beaumont Animal Services took a bat away from a family's home after residents told officers the bat bit two children.
The family said the bat bit their 17-year-old and their 11-year-old.
Animal services picked the bat up from a home on San Anselmo at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
The family called animal services after they found the bat.
The 11 year old girl told detectives the bat bit her Tuesday night and also bit her sister earlier this week.
Beaumont Animal Services will get the bat tested for rabies.
Officers said where there's one bat, there's usually a couple 100 more in a colony.