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Thread: Do I need to take this seriously....

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    Do I need to take this seriously....

    Okay guys... today I was at the beach... my family kept feeding this squirrel that kept hanging around.. she was really thin but had what looked like her mammary glands hanging down from feeding babies...

    Anyway.. I tried to stay away but then gave in - she came up next to me and I began to motion my hand down to throw chips at her... my other friend had been feeding her from his hand.. yeah no not me...

    Anyway... she got eager and lunges forward to grab the chip from me.. it all happened so fast but her little hands grabbed my fingers and then I pulled them away...not sure what part of her touched me.. I donít think her mouth.. definitely her hands tho...

    My friend who is a nurse checked me and said he saw absolutely no breaks in the skin.

    Do I need to worry about rabies?

    The cdc says itís incredibly rare in squirrels... and so do most other sites... but then thereís a few websites that say itís rare but could happen... again no visible marks whatsoever..

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    Re: Do I need to take this seriously....

    Seriously? No skin breakage and you are worried exactly about what? Plus, animals which are rabid are not friendly taking food from human hands - they bite to the bone. C'mon, please. I still have a sneaking suspicion you are joking.

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    Re: Do I need to take this seriously....

    Uh no... I wouldnít take the time to write all that if I was joking....

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    Re: Do I need to take this seriously....

    No, you have absolutely no need to worry about rabies whatsoever.

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    Re: Do I need to take this seriously....

    No, nothing to worry about.

    I used to love feeding the squirrels at a local park, I had one that would wait for me in the mornings. Never got to feed one directly by hand though so Iím jealous of that!

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    Re: Do I need to take this seriously....

    Thank you for helping out a hungry mama squirrel

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    Re: Do I need to take this seriously....

    There is greater chance that little squirrel gets rabies from you

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    Re: Do I need to take this seriously....

    Hi

    This is just a courtesy reply to let you know that your post was moved from its original place to a sub-forum that is more relevant to your issue.

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    Re: Do I need to take this seriously....

    Thank you guys for your replies... I know... Iím really trying not to worry.. Iíve read that itís very very rare and the cdc doesnít even recognize them as carrying vectors, but to check with local agencies just in case...... I just need to keep telling myself that..

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    Re: Do I need to take this seriously....

    Nope, go ahead and relax. I rescued a bunch of baby squirrels years ago and raised them to adulthood. Once they were released into my yard they would come visit me and take peanuts from my hand, and one day one of them bit my finger in the process. Broke the skin, I bled, but didn't bother having it checked out. I just cleaned it well and carried on, and I'm still alive.
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