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A wild Skunk

HENRICO, Va. — Two rabid skunk cases have been confirmed in 60 days in an eastern Henrico neighborhood.

On the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, Henrico Animal Protection Police received a call from the 3700 Block of Meadow Road for a possible rabies exposure due to a skunk attacking penned domesticated ducks.

The skunk was observed attacking ducks in the pen and had been shot while attempting to escape the enclosure.  The skunk’s remains were collected and submitted for rabies testing at the State Lab.

Positive test results were received on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016.  The only known contact with the skunk involved the mallard ducks that were in the pen.  There were no additional exposures reported.  This is the same area that produced the county’s first confirmed rabies case for 2016 just two months earlier.  The Health Department has also been notified.

There were no additional exposures reported, officials said.

This is the same area that produced the county’s first confirmed rabies case for 2016 just two months earlier.  The Health Department has also been notified.

Henrico Animal Protection Police would like to remind everyone to keep their pets’ rabies vaccinations current and to report any abnormal wildlife behavior or suspected rabies exposure to Henrico Police Non-Emergency Communications at 501-5000.

This incident is the third confirmed positive rabies case for 2016 in Henrico County.