What are the signs of rabies in animals?
Rabid animals (those infected with rabies) may show noticeable behavioral changes such as acting strangely or biting someone.
An animal that exhibits any of the following signs may have rabies:
No fear of humans shown by a wild animal
Shyness in a usually friendly pet
Restlessness, excitability, aggression, or sudden mood changes
An animal that is normally active at night (such as bats, raccoons, and skunks) being active during the day
Eating substances not normally eaten
Paralysis, which is sometimes the only sign
Animals displaying strange behavior are often assumed to be rabid, but whether they actually have rabies or not depends on factors such as:
The type of animal. (Bats, skunks, raccoons, foxes, and coyotes are more likely to carry the virus than other animals.)