Friday, April 13, 2012

It's A Bird. It's A Plane. No, It's A Bat On A Plane.

Having wings, you wouldn't think bats would need to hitch a ride, but that's apparently what happened last August when a bat flew through the cabin of a plane just after takeoff.

It's just a little bat though right? No need to panic. Wrong. The incident started a rabies scare that has the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention saying health officials should be prepared to deal with such events.

Here's the story from MSNBC.com. My favorite line in it: "Most bats don't have rabies, but the ones that are seen during the day, when bats are not normally active, or are encountered where they are not usually seen (such as in economy-class seating)..." Ummm, why economy class? Do they usually fly first class?

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