How can I tell if an animal is rabid?

Rabid animals often behave strangely after the virus attacks their brains. Rabid animals may attack people or other animals for no real reason, or they may lose their fear of people and seem to be unnaturally friendly. Not all rabid animals act this way, however, so you should avoid all wild animals, especially bats, skunks, foxes, and raccoons. Also, you should not feed or touch stray cats and dogs.

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1. What is rabies?
2. How common is animal rabies in Massachusetts?
3. How is rabies spread?
4. What animals spread rabies?
5. How can I tell if an animal is rabid?
6. Rabies: how can rabies be prevented?
7. Where can I get more information on rabies?