Found this cutie today. I thought he was dead so i picked him up to take home to use his bones….but then i noticed he was breathing :( so i tried to make him comfortable but the poor thing died. I called him sammy :(
I wouldn’t recommend handling bats or their tissues, living or dead unless you’ve been vaccinated for rabies,
Don’t handle bats unless you’re vaccinated. Especially don’t handle bats lying out in the open with no evidence of a cause of death/injury, the odds are that bat is/was rabid (turn it in to your local regional health services organization… whoever tracks rabies for the area you’re in).
Also, always wear Personal Protective Equipment (disposable gloves at a bare minimum) when salvaging specimens, especially mammals. Sometimes its super inconvenient, but you don’t know if that roadkill critter was just unlucky or if it was moving slow/erratic because it was sick. Be especially wary of animals that look like they were ill or otherwise not in peak physical condition or animals found it strange places with no signs of trauma.
Zoonotic diseases are really tricky (most present with flu-like symptoms that rapidly turn nasty/lethal) and you need to be sure your doctor/family know what ones are in your area in case you suddenly fall ill. These diseases aren’t typically tested for, and the right diagnosis might not happen unless you let people know about your hobby/career working with dead wildlife.
Whenever I think about zoonotics I always end up thinking about Eric York and how his death was potentially preventable if he had only worn PPE or gone to the doctor when he first felt sick.
Oh man… just a rule of thumb, if you see a bat lying around in the day time - STAY AWAY FROM IT and call a rehabber immediately.
Seriously, this is a symptom of rabies. If that bat had bit you, you would have been screwed.
I really wouldn’t even recommend using nitrile/latex gloves unless you knew for sure they were dead or if they were properly restrained…
Deer Dance by uke-sama
Accidentally hurting someone vs. accidentally hurting an animal
Did anyone else notice HOW HE NEVER FREAKING TRIED THE DOOR HANDLE.
Imagine if it was unlocked this entire time.
So this popped up on facebook today….
This just in: evaporation is wasting water.
Just floats off in space, you know. Not like it forms into clouds and comes back to the ground as precipitation or anything.
That would be silly.
thank u ryden
Overheard on the ferry from Seattle to Bremerton: “Isn’t the Space Needle one of the 7 Wonders of the World?”
No it isn’t kid, but I wouldn’t complain if Seattle became one.
this is some yuri manga type shit man
The grim adventures of little Anders!