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Strange wildlife behavior in Mayo leads to rabies warning

Raccoon behaving strangely in Mayo (courtesy: Cpt. Richard Frank, Mayo FD) Raccoon behaving strangely in Mayo (courtesy: Cpt. Richard Frank, Mayo FD)
MAYO, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Reports of raccoons and foxes behaving strangely in the Mayo community of Spartanburg county have many worried the animals may be infected with the rabies virus.

Captain Richard Frank with the Mayo Fire district took to the department's Facebook page to warn people about the animals behavior and to educate them about rabies.

"If a small child sees the animal he may think its cuddly and try to play with it," Frank said.

Frank says residents have reported raccoons and foxes acting tame and showing little fear of humans.

So far Frank says their have been no reports of any animal attacks in the area.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says lack of fear of humans in wildlife is a classic sign of rabies infection.

The SCDNR says animals may show no outward signs of the virus but foaming of the may mouth may occur in the later stages. The department says the virus may make wild animals act tame and tame animals act wild. The SCDNR also warns that the virus can be passed to baby animals from their mother's milk.

For those reasons the SCDNR is warning people not to take in any wildlife no matter how young and it's why Frank says he used the power of social to try and keep people safe.

"They can spread the word to their friends and we can get it out before it becomes a problem," Frank said.

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