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2 bats in Grand Canyon test positive for rabies

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — Grand Canyon National Park officials
say two bats from inside the park have tested positive for rabies.

Authorities said Sunday that one of the bats was captured three days after it
was exposed to a visitor last week.

According to the park, a bat landed on a woman Wednesday while she was standing
in front of the Tusayan Museum.

Officials said the bat crawled on the woman’s shorts, shirt and leg for at least
10 minutes and a crowd took pictures.

The bat was found and euthanized Saturday. The identity of the woman is not

The other bat was discovered dead on the North Kaibab Trail on July 12.

The bats are the first animals to be identified by the park this year as having


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