Why You Shouldn’t Cuddle with Every Lovable Animal You Meet

Canoodling with wild animals that wander off into your property is never a good idea. Other than the risk of getting bit, many species also carry bacteria and diseases that are transmittable to humans. In Florida, for instance, nine people have come down with Hansen’s disease or leprosy after coming into contact with nine-banded armadillos.

In other areas, Arizona’s prairie dogs were tested positive for bubonic plague, while Australia’s koalas are facing a chlamydia breakout.

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