MC student learns health lesson from squirrel encounter

Senior Chance McCoy poses with minks outside the ITTC building. He feared at one point this semester that he may have had rabies.

Senior Chance McCoy poses with minks outside the ITTC building. He feared at one point this semester that he may have had rabies.

By Alannah Whitney

On a Thursday morning Last August, Middle College student Chance McCoy walked outside into his front yard on his way to school. As he was walking, he noticed a squirrel gazing over at him. Curious, he walked towards the squirrel, but it didn’t even bother to budge.

McCoy decided to reach down and attempt to pet this squirrel. The squirrel, however, didn’t like this and showed that by biting his finger and not letting go. He said he had to grab a Taser and use it on the squirrel until it died.

McCoy said it occurred to him at that point that the squirrel may have had rabies, so he decided to go to the hospital. McCoy said they gave him several of shots as a precaution and tests to determine if he had rabies.

When he first called the hospital, they did say to go ahead and bring in the squirrel to test it for rabies as well, McCoy said.

If someone was bit by an unknown animal, it would be in your best interest to go to the hospital immediately, according to Kathryn Wall, public information administrator for the Greene County Health Department,

“Rabies are incredibly rare in Green County,” Wall said.

The treatment a rabies victim now experiences is shots or a vaccine if they end up actually having rabies, Wall said.

Fortunately, it turned out that McCoy did not end up having rabies.

“I learned not to go pick up random animals in my yard,” McCoy said. “I advise others to leave them alone.”

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