Cats go after bats in their home. That’s an accepted aspect of cat ownership.
But sometimes your cat’s lust for the meat of the world’s only flying mammal has deep and unintended consequences.
Take, for example, the Cuccis, of Arlington Heights, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois.
Julianna Cucci, her husband and her three kids were asleep last Thursday when they heard their cat, Wilson, jumping into the blinds after a bat that had gotten into their home.
“My husband had the light on and was swinging the pillow wildly in the air,” Cucci told NBC Chicago. “It sounded like the bat had taken on a human form and was arm wrestling my husband in the room. There were things banging into walls.”
Sadly, that was not the case, but something equally scary came out of the small brown bat, which Juliana’s husband succeeded in containing in a box. Animal Control officers determined that the bat was rabid, and the family underwent a series of preventive shots, just in case.
So far, 16 bats have tested positive for rabies in Illinois this year, and many are concentrated in the Chicago area. In June 2015, there had been just eight animals that tested positive for the disease.
Winston may have his work cut out for him.