KWTX is reporting that last Tuesday in Waco a bat was found to have rabies.

Animal control officers are reporting that a single bat found on the outside of a Waco building has tested positive for the viral disease.

“This appears to be an isolated case and citizens are reminded to be cautious to not come in contact with bats or other strange animals at any time,” the city said.

There is no evidence to suggest that this specific bat ever came into contact with any animals or people.

The bat was a Mexican free-tailed bat. This species is frequently seen in Texas as San Antonio is home to the largest bat colony in the world. Just 20 short miles outside of San Antonio by Natural Bridge Caverns lies the Bracken Bat Cave. This cave is home to more than 20 million Mexican free-tailed bats. These bats greatly help humans by eating tons of insects each year. During the summer months, guests can visit the Bracken Bat Cave and watch each night as millions of bats leave the cave entrance to go out and hunt in the dark for food.

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