Someone put a cigarette in a dead bats mouth at a Littleton park and Jefferson County health officials say the person who handled the bat could now have rabies.
If you have ever been tempted to put a cigarette in a dead bats mouth, don’t do it. That’s what someone did in Harriman Park in Littleton yesterday and the Denver Post is reporting that Jefferson County public health officials issued a warning to whoever may have handled the dead bat that they could have rabies.
Jeffco officials submitted the dead bat for testing, but due to the poor condition of the animal, tests could not be run, the story states. The dead bat was found on a park picnic bench in the park located near the corner of West Quincy Avenue and South Kipling Street. The report says the bat was found on the bench and had been placed on a woman's floral shirt and had a cigarette placed in its mouth.
For safety concerns, Jefferson County health department officials are assuming the bat was positive for rabies. Authorities know the bat was touched by someone and they are now at risk of getting rabies.
The person or persons who handled the bat was likely thinking it was a funny thing to do but the situation has dire consequences. An unidentified spokesman for Jefferson County said, “Anyone who handled the bat may have been exposed and should seek medical treatment immediately.”
We're almost certain that the bat didn't die from smoking the cigarette. But bats and cigarettes are still not a good mix. So if anyone has information on who may have handled the dead bat at Harriman Park in Littleton yesterday, Jefferson County is asking them to contact Jefferson County Animal Control at 303-271-5070.
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