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In Malibu, skunks and other mammals, like raccoons and coyotes, are more likely to have rabies. (Photo Submitted)
Samantha Orzech, Wildlife Tech, California Wildlife Center
12:58 pm PDT April 19, 2019

At California Wildlife Center, we treat a variety of orphaned, ill, injured and abandoned native animals. Only a small number might carry the rabies virus, but it’s a question we hear frequently.

Rabies is a virus that is transferred by bite through saliva. The virus duplicates in the muscle and travels through the nervous system to the brain. Rabies is 100 percent fatal if not treated. If you or your pet is bitten, it is vital that a medical professional is seen as soon as possible.