The Department of Health has just issued a warning stating that six rabid raccoons have been found in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx in recent weeks. As such, the DoH warns us all to stay away from not only the black-eyed beasts, but also skunks, bats, stray dogs, stray cats and other wild animals.
Allegedly this sort of thing is the norm on Staten Island and the Bronx, but rare in Queens and Manhattan. And Brooklyn you aren't safe this time either, not to scaremonger, but bats with rabies have also been found in all five boroughs.
So before you go palling around with your new furry backyard friend, know that you and your unvaccinated animal are just one bite away from an infection that leads to a severe brain disease and causes death unless treated promptly. (But aw, watch this cute video.)
You can report rabid animal attacks to 911, and rabid animal sightings to 311. Some tips on spotting them: "Animals with rabies most often exhibit behavior changes such as a friendly dog that becomes withdrawn or belligerent, an aloof animal that becomes suddenly affectionate, or an animal that demonstrates unusual aggression. They may eat or chew things such as wood, soil, stones, plants, or other foreign objects. One of the most recognizable signs is excessive drooling or foaming at the mouth." And of course their sudden taste for overpriced men's clothing.