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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.