BOISE (AP) — A Boise couple found a rabid bat in their backyard and now their pet cat is under quarantine to make sure the animal didn't catch the dangerous disease.
Boise TV station KIVI reports that Daniel Swanson was about to water his garden late last month when he saw the small bat on the ground. Swanson and his wife were able to get the dead bat into a bag without touching it, and they took it to the Idaho Humane Society to have it tested for rabies.
The Humane Society sent the bat to the state veterinary lab, where it tested positive for rabies. Because the Swanson's pet cat was napping near the bat, animal control officials said the cat needed to be kept away from all other people and animals for 45 days.
Health officials say bats are the main source of rabies exposure in Idaho.