Bats and rabies are two words strong enough to strike fear into the heart of anyone who’s seen a scary movie. Recently, around the City of Davis, eight have turned up dead in recent weeks – all from rabies.
But, don’t sound the alarm just yet. The reason for the bat die off is simple — sheer numbers.
“Bats basically are migrating in from Mexico and South America,” said Hayley Morgan of Flying Mammal Rescue.
The animals are heading to Yolo County to give birth, meaning there are a lot more around than normal.
A sure sign that a bat is sick with rabies or something else? Well, the fact you’re seeing one.
“Bats that are healthy, you shouldn’t really be seeing too much of, they’re either going to be in trees or undercover,” Morgan told FOX40.
Healthy bats prefer tight crevices or hiding under freeway overpasses. When they start stumbling around like miniature winged drunks, it’s a sure sign of rabies.
“They’re not gonna foam at the mouth and they’re not going to get bite-y,” Morgan said.
Once a bat contracts rabies, it will typically die within 48 hours.
If you find a dead bat, call Yolo County Animal Services.
If you find an injured or sick bat, call NorCal BATS or Flying Mammal Rescue.
Either way, out of an abundance of precaution, don’t touch it.