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Rabid Animals Found in Wayne, Hatboro

A fox and a skunk have both tested positive for rabies.

In the last several days, two wild animals in the Philadelphia area have tested positive for rabies.

An injured fox found Monday in Wayne in the area of the 400 block of E. Lancaster Ave. tested positive, according to the Department of Health. ()

And a skunk found on the 600 block of S. York Rd. in Hatboro, Montgomery County, tested positive for the disease on Thursday. ()

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say you can’t tell a rabid animal just by looking at it. The indication it might be rabid comes from unusual behavior, which could be any number of things, from being overly aggressive to acting tame. The only well to tell for certain is to have the animal tested.

Anyone who may have come into contact with a potentially rabid animal should reach out to the Pennsylvania Department of Health so that the department can help determine the extent of exposure and whether there is a need for rabies vaccination.

Exposure includes having been bitten, scratched, or had saliva, nervous system fluid or tissue from an animal enter a person’s open wound or mucous membranes such as eyes, nose or mouth. Under these circumstances, individuals should seek immediate medical attention.

birdfan April 25, 2012 at 04:59 PM
we see foxes all the time in daylight. They cross our back yard going in and out of the woods behind the house often. Mostly in the Mornings. I suppose they wake up hungry.
Marc April 25, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Lucky you. I believe the correct term for foxes is crepuscular which means that they prefer dawn and dusk (twilight hours).
MCMA April 26, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I live in Newtown Square and the end of last summer beginning of Fall 2011 what we thought was a bunch of baby foxes with mange turned out to be a pack of coyotes so beware - their legs are not short like the fox and they are more golden in color.
Maxwell Rockatansky April 26, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Oh man. I once came across a skunk with a friend of mine. We had just hiked the High Road trail at Ashland Nature Center in Delaware. We were all sticky and icky from fighting through the overgrown pricker bushes and nettles and didn't think things could get worse. Then we turned a corner in the trail and ran right into the skunk! Sticky, icky and skunky! What a trip!
Mark Chester April 27, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I have seen a scraggly fox twice during the daytime on Washington Avenue within the past week.

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