|kazko Little Bunny FooFoo TX, USA
Sandi from Michigan found an animal in her house today and asked for help in identifying it. As is usually the case in the North East, I pegged it as being a flying squirrel. Size and markings are very similar to a sugar glider but a dead give away is certainly the flat, wide, feathered tail.
She said it was rather tame so we wonder if it was somebody's pet. She is wondering what she should do with it. I think they are interested in possibly keeping it.
These are Sandi's photos:
All of these photos below are from photobucket and have a flying squirrel in them:
dizzysmom Goofy Gorillatoes IN, USA 3882 Posts
I found this: No. All rodents have something in their DNA that does not support the Rabies virus- scientists are not exactly sure why. There has not ever been a documented case of Rabies in a squirrel. The most common species to carry the virus (besides pets) are skunks, raccoons, bats, and opossums.
I'm pasting in a passage taken directly from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) website:
Small rodents (such as squirrels, rats, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, and chipmunks, ) and lagomorphs (such as rabbits and hares) are almost never found to be infected with rabies and have not been known to cause rabies among humans in the United States. Bites by these animals are usually not considered a risk of rabies unless the animal was sick or behaving in any unusual manner and rabies is widespread in your area. However, from 1985 through 1994, woodchucks accounted for 86% of the 368 cases of rabies among rodents reported to CDC. Woodchucks or groundhogs (Marmota monax) are the only rodents that may be frequently submitted to state health department because of a suspicion of rabies. In all cases involving rodents, the state or local health department should be consulted before a decision is made to initiate postexposure prophylaxis (PEP).
For more information about rabies in rodents and lagomorphs, see: Childs, J. E., Colby, L., Krebs, J. W., Strine, T., Feller, M., Noah, D., Drenzek, C., Smith, J.S., & Rupprecht, C. E. (1997). Surveillance and spatiotemporal associations of rabies in rodents and lagomorphs in the United States, 1985-1994. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 33(1), 20-27.
But wait a minute, I thought that rats could carry rabies. At any rate, rabies is seasonal. It is a summer thang.