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Rabid bat attacks girls in Liberty

Rabid bat attacks girls in Liberty



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LIBERTY -- A couple of girls visiting the Ogden valley had a potentially dangerous encounter with a bat last weekend.

The girls were going to check out some ducks near the town of Liberty when a bat attacked.

"One of them was actually bitten in the finger, and the other one probably received scratches," said Lori Buttars, spokeswoman for the Weber-Morgan Health Department.

She says a relative was able to safely catch the animal; tests discovered the bat had rabies. Buttars says this type of incident is very rare.

"We have workers here who have said they've been here about 20 years and they haven't seen a human exposure" Buttars said.

The bat actually attacked in broad daylight, which she says is a sure sign that it was sick.

The health department says if an animal looks ill, you should not try to help it. Health officials encourage you to call the department of wildlife resources.

E-mail: cwall@ksl.com

Cleon Wall

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