This could give the term “rabid Disney World lover” another meaning.
A “rabies warning” has been issued for the area around Epcot after a cat infected with the disease scratched two Disney World employees. Fox News‘ Paulina Dedaj reports the alert spans a two-mile radius “in the area surrounding Interstate 4 and Epcot Center Drive.”
“The identified cat may have infected other animals in the area,” the Florida Department of Health in Orange County states in a press release. “Contact with feral cats, stray dogs and all wildlife particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes should be avoided.” (Talk about a vacation-ruiner for people who love hanging out with raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes.)
The rabies alert is in effect until on or around September 13.
Thankfully, the employees did not contract rabies.
This news shouldn’t be entirely surprising, though: stray cats have long been present at Disney parks.
Disney: The Happiest Place on Earth for Feral Cats
Feral cats are legendary at Disney parks. Felines spring into action late at night to hunt mice and keep the parks relatively clean of vermin. (Except for this guy.) Jessie Quinn at Showbiz Cheat Sheet wrote an interesting history of Disney cats that’s worth a read. She notes the cats are spayed and neutered, fed, and “are considered cast members and have serve [sic] a great purpose.”
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