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Wild sick animals will display a wide range of symptoms, but it will, of course, depend on what kind of disease the animal has become infected with. There are certain diseases, such as rabies, that can lie dormant within the animal for some time before any symptoms start to materialize, and this is what can make them so dangerous. You might approach a wild animal, such as a raccoon, thinking that it is perfectly safe to do so, when it is not.
Raccoons are just one wild animal that you'll encounter in urban areas, and these are well known to carry disease. The threat is present, not only with the animal itself — coming into direct contact, for example, but also with anything the animal directly touches. This could be in the form of urine, often carried around on paws, and also feces. It could also be the form of contaminated nesting and bedding material. Essentially, wherever the animal has been, the disease threat will be left behind. It makes life quite difficult when it comes to cleaning up after them.
Some wild sick animals will display obvious symptoms. They may look very lethargic, and maybe even displaying signs of a physical injury. In cases of a physical injury, it is usually quite obvious what's going on. With an internal disease, however, you never know what's going on. A nocturnal creature out during the day could be a sign that the animal is sick, but it also could be a sign that the animal has found a really good source of food. If it is tempting enough, any wild critter could be awoken from their daytime slumber.
An angry animal isn't always a good indication you have found yourself a sick or infected animal either. All animals have the potential to act aggressive, and almost all of them will if they find themselves cornered. Female wild animals are well known to be overly aggressive when protecting their young. Once again, the stigma that is often attached with sick wild animals doesn't apply.
The fact of the matter is this; all wild animals could be sick. Even if they don't look sick, they could still be sick. Even if they look perfectly healthy, they could still be sick. They could be carrying any number of infections and viruses, all of which have the potential to be passed on to you, your family members, and also your pets. Most disease have a period of time after initial infection, before the symptoms arise. During this time, these infected animals could be especially dangerous. If they don't look sick you will be more inclined to go near them, perhaps even feeding them. This feeding action is a sure fire way of putting yourself in danger. Most animal-human incidences occur when the human is trying to feed the animal.
In order to protect yourself you should stay well clear of wild animal, no matter how sick or healthy they might look. That perfectly healthy raccoon that you feed in the back garden could very well have been infected with rabies. That means you could very well be infected with rabies. It just takes one moment — one bite, scratch, or connection with infected material is all it takes. Don't be the next victim.
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