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PostPosted: August 20th, 2012, 9:40 am 
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http://www.nps.gov/dewa/parknews/newsreleases.htm

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PostPosted: August 20th, 2012, 11:29 am 
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Rabbit Beaver eh? Hmm must be some sort of new hybrid species...sounds dangerous

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PostPosted: August 21st, 2012, 8:16 am 
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Yeah Steve, but that being dangerous is the bad news; the good news is they breed like gang-busters! I see a revival of the fur trade!
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PostPosted: August 21st, 2012, 9:12 am 
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Steve E wrote:
Rabbit Beaver eh? Hmm must be some sort of new hybrid species...sounds dangerous


OK, I'm not known for my sense of humour so I'll bite! The article refers to rabid, not rabbit beavers. I had no idea that beavers got rabies, and apparently it is quite rare (they are a "low risk vector"). But the thought of something with those big teeth getting rabies is quite terrifying, don't you think? Can you imagine rabid beavers emerging from their huts at night to attack sleeping campers?

I saw a documentary on people who catch catfish with their hands in the southern states- noodling, I think it is called. In any event they are always reaching under embankments, blindly in murky water, and are often bitten by beavers. Can be quite nasty. Didn't mention rabies however.

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PostPosted: August 21st, 2012, 10:56 am 
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All kidding aside I would imagine that would inflict quite the painful bite...pretty scary!

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PostPosted: August 21st, 2012, 3:56 pm 
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Those rabid beavers have probably been hanging out with raccoons.

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PostPosted: August 21st, 2012, 9:48 pm 
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It isn't the first time. There have been similar incidents in Pennsylvania...
http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?secti ... id=8167975

And I've heard of rabid groundhogs attacking people. One theory is that these rodents get rabies the same way people do ... by getting bitten by a rabid animal, possibly a skunk or a raccoon.

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PostPosted: August 22nd, 2012, 8:50 am 
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This being an election year in the states I expect we will see a lot more of this, I've been bitten by horses so I expect a donkey will be much the same. Never heard of anyone being bitten by a elephant, stomped maybe, at least their big enough to see coming. Ah well, wish us luck, you guys north of the border!
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PostPosted: August 22nd, 2012, 12:10 pm 
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Right now, most spread of rabies in the States happens at tea parties.


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PostPosted: August 22nd, 2012, 3:38 pm 
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Bravo, ezwater!

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PostPosted: August 23rd, 2012, 7:15 pm 
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Cougars, Camel Toes, and now Rabid Beavers??? :o :o

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