I might have Rabies. Great.
August 6, 2011
Adventure is fun until a rabid bat lands on you. I am loving Colorado, but rabid bats never landed on me in Los Angeles. I guess that’s the trade-off for a beautiful natural setting and lots of water and greenery and bugs. Damn.
So, here’s what happened:
After a delicious lunch at Pizzeria Locale (burrata+pecorino+squash blossom pizza), I strolled down Pearl St to check out their downtown/outdoor mall area. I was about to walk into a store called Clutter Consignment when something landed on my arm. I figured it was a big bug, a grasshopper or something – a preying mantis fell onto me last night from an overhanging plant – but when I looked down at my arm, there was a BAT. And adorable bat, yes, but my immediate reaction was to shoo it off. I had the heebie-jeebies so I ran into the Clutter Consignment store to escape the bat, who was flying erratically and bumping into the window. My arm felt a little itchy, but I’m not sure if that was from his claws, or if I was just freaking out. I talked to the girls who worked there, and while they’d never heard of a bat landing on someone, one of them mentioned rabies. Eeek!!! That made me glad I’d immediately gotten him off of me.
After the bat seemed to have left, I continued walking. I stopped in a kite store, an art gallery, and sat and listened to an impressive violinist play some songs from The Red Violin. I made my way to the Cup, a coffee shop with wifi. Out of curiosity I googled bats+rabies. I also googled rabies+bats+boulder colorado, and found this delightful article:
“Two bats in Boulder have tested positive for rabies, according to Boulder County Public Health officials, who are warning people to not pick up the animals.
The first bat was found Thursday outside an entryway at 845 20th St. The second bat was discovered Friday chirping outside the entrance to Clutter Consignment, 1909 Ninth St.”
I want to go on a historical bus tour of Boulder, and the last one I’ll be able to make before I leave is in 40 minutes, at 4pm. I think I’ll do the bus tour, and then head to the hospital.