Life in the Corn Field

by Rebecca Einstein Schorr on 28 September 2013 @ 9:43 pm

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Today is World Rabies Day.

I didn’t know there was a World Rabies Day.

Until today.

When I did a Google search on rabies. After Critter Control came to get the rabid raccoon out of the neighbours’ front yard.

Yes, there is wild life here in these parts. And it turns out that there have been verified reports of other rabid raccoons not far from here. It also turns out that there is no actual animal control. Nor does the State Police swing by to catch the varmint. (Wonder if they would have shown up if one of the neighbourhood kids had been bitten…) There is, however, a lovely private company that will come and haul away the animal.

How did we know it was rabid?

Not only was this nocturnal creature out and about in broad daylight, but it was walking very unsteadily, made horrific sounds, and was gnawing its own leg.

And so in honour of Louis Pasteur‘s yahrtzeit, September 28th was declared World Rabies Day in 2007.

You’re welcome.

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1 Laurie 28 September 2013 @ 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm

Let me be the first to ‘thank you’ for your ‘welcome.’ 🙂 Knowing that not only is this World Rabies Day (and doesn’t that kind of sound odd…how do we celebrate?, but that the reason this date was chosen is because of Pasteur’s birthday, is the kind of information I love!

But how interesting that you actually saw a rabid raccoon. I have heard they can be and we are always warned, but no one I know has ever seen a sick one.

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2 Ruth Adar 28 September 2013 @ 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm

I am glad you were able to get help! We used to get rabid skunks and foxes and yes, raccoons on the farm and the poor creatures are terribly dangerous. It is a horrible disease, and the treatment for it is dreadful (but beats the alternative.)

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