An Oklahoma woman is waiting to see whether she has a potentially fatal disease after she was bitten by a rabid bat while sitting on her porch.
Camilla Schumacher was sitting outside her house in Lincoln County on Monday when she suddenly realised she had been bitten.
Luckily, her beloved pooch Kane was on hand and leaped into action – biting the bat off her owner’s ankle.
She told local media: “I looked down and my ankle was bleeding and there were two little pinholes.”
Camilla’s daughter, Monica, who was there at the time, reached down and removed the bat from Kane’s mouth.
She said: “Kane just ran and grabbed it off her ankle, and then I’m just straddling her by her jowls.”
Monica then sent the bat off for testing, with the results showing it did have rabies.
According to the NHS: “Rabies is a rare but very serious infection of the brain and nerves. It’s usually caught from the bite or scratch of an infected animal, most often a dog.”
Once the infection is established in the body, there is no effective treatment. But, a victim could get a series of injections, which would prevent the infection from taking hold.”
Camilla must now wait 45 days to see whether she has rabies.
Kane’s vet said the pooch would have died for the heroic act, if it wasn’t for her recent up-to-date vaccination.
The vet added that people don’t take the deadly disease seriously enough and that others should keep up with the latest research.
Following the incident, Camilla said of her dog: “She was being protective. She is so sweet and so loyal.
She added that she now knows what to do when coming into contact with a rabid animal and that it could mean the difference between life and death.
The mum added: “I think, maybe, it’s a godly thing that this happened so a message could get out.”