A little girl in Spencer, Mass., has learned the hard way that some adults are nothing more than slightly taller know-it-all children, after an encounter with a bat and a woman who knew nothing about bats.
Ten-year-old Jojo O’Keefe told CBS Boston that, after a bat fell out of a tree in a crowded picnic area at the town beach last Tuesday, several kids crowded around to take a closer look. Then one adult woman with a
lot of ill-placed self confidence picked up the wild animal and began inviting the assembled children to pet and hold it.
When one girl asked if the bat would bite her, the woman brushed away the child’s concerns, saying “No, it’s the friendliest thing ever.”
So Jojo reached in for a touch, and the bat latched on to her finger, drawing blood.
After hearing what happened, Jojo’s mother retrieved the animal, which subsequently tested positive for rabies. Jojo immediately began receiving prophylactic rabies shots.