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Wild animals are just that – wild. As cute and cuddly as they may seem, these animals can act irregularly towards humans, and you can’t always predict how they will react to your presence. Children in particular might not be aware of the potential dangers of these animals. In general, they only recognize these creatures as harmless characters from TV shows and children’s books.
Respecting Wild Animals
Unlike dogs and cats, raccoons, squirrels and other wild animals are not as used to human beings. Domesticated animals have become accustomed to humans through hundreds of generations of breeding and because of this, their behavior has become much more predictable to us. Wild animals, on the other hand, can be much more difficult to gauge. It is important to keep a safe distance from these animals at all times. They frequently carry diseases such as rabies. If untreated, rabies is fatal.
Bites and Scratches
If you are injured by an animal, it is important to act quickly. You should call 911 and animal control as soon as possible. Try to keep an eye out for the animal, as medical professionals will want to have it apprehended and examined for diseases. Typically, tests will be run on the animal’s brain to determine whether or not it is a rabies carrier. There are also myriad other diseases that can be contracted from animals, so it is important to be examined by a doctor as soon as possible if you have suffered an attack.