Rabid bat behavior

It is impossible to determine whether a bat has rabies just by looking at it. Bats can be grounded for a variety of reasons, including injury or infection with rabies.

These signs or behaviors may indicate that a bat has rabies:

  • Flying in the daytime
  • The presence of dirt in the bat’s mouth or teeth
  • Abnormal sounds made by the bat
  • Isolation of a colonial bat from its colony
  • Cloudy eyes
  • Dehydration
  • Mucous in the nostrils
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Spastic paralysis (muscle spasms and rigidity)

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