Sunday, March 9, 2014
BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Vermont Health Department is reminding people not to pick up wild animals.
The warning comes after 11 people and several pets were recently exposed to the saliva of a baby skunk that appeared abandoned, and was rescued from the side of a road. The skunk later tested positive for rabies.
Public Health Veterinarian Robert Johnson said everyone who was exposed, including six children, underwent a series of rabies vaccinations as a preventive measure.
Johnson said the tendency is to want to rescue the animal, but the advice is to leave it alone.