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Photo: Hey, let’s hang out!

It may be World Rabies Day, but this baby pipistrelle bat in Murcia, Spain, has no plans to bite you anytime soon. He prefers juicy moths and insects. The jerky flight pattern of the pipistrelle has earned it the nickname "flittermouse." Photo: Simon Holliday

Today is World Rabies Day. Rabies is a preventable viral disease that is transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. Since rabies can spread from animal to human, please remember to have your pet vaccinated. Rabies is 100% preventable, but is still responsible for more than 55,000 human deaths a year worldwide. More than 90% of all animal cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control in the United States occur in wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, foxes and bats.

 
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