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Man who helped with raccoons may need rabies treatment

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire health officials are requesting the public’s help in finding a man from Massachusetts to assess his risk for rabies after he came into contact with baby raccoons. Health officials say the man was in Conway at about 5 p.m. on Sept. 20 and stopped to help someone remove two baby raccoons on Route 16 between North Bald Hill Thorn Hill roads. The raccoons were brought to a wildlife rehabilitation center, where one died and was identified to have rabies. The other didn’t have rabies. Health officials said Friday the man, who drove a dark pickup truck with oversized tires and Massachusetts license plates, is being sought to determine the need for treatment. State Epidemiologist Benjamin Chan said rabies is transmitted through direct contact with the saliva of an infected animal, but administering rabies vaccine and immune globulin after an exposure can prevent disease.

Florida couple out of hospital after suspected bobcat attack

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida couple is out of the hospital and recovering from injuries suffered when an animal suspected to be bobcat attacked them at a suburban apartment complex. The Fort Lauderdale SunSentinel reported Thursday that 71-year-old Rupert Fray said he suffered a fractured hip in the attack Friday. Fray says his wife, 85-year-old Eslyn Fray, lost the tip of her right ring finger among other bites and scratches and is recovering at a rehabilitation facility. The attack happened when the couple was out for their daily early morning walk at the apartment complex in Lauderhill, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale. The animal was not found. State wildlife officials say they are examining hair samples and other evidence to determine what type of animal it was.