Donkey Dies of Rabies in North Carolina

The Raleigh, N.C.-based News & Observer reported that a miniature donkey died of rabies last week on a Durham County goat farm. It is unknown how the donkey was exposed to the virus, but animal control officers suspect he was infected by a wild animal passing through his pasture.

The donkey first showed signs of the virus last week when observed standing apart from his herd. He also became aggressive, biting a dog on the farm and lunging for a human. The dog was current on its vaccinations.

This is the first known case of rabies in a donkey in Durham County, and the second case of rabies in Durham County in 2010. Read the complete story from the News & Observer.

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