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Jul 20, 2014 9:43 PM by Monica Gouty

Rabies confirmed at Grand Canyon National Park

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - Grand Canyon National Park officials say two bats from inside the park have tested positive for rabies.

Authorities said Sunday that one of the bats was captured three days after it was exposed to a visitor last week.

According to the park, a bat landed on a woman Wednesday while she was standing in front of the Tusayan Museum.

Officials say the bat crawled on the woman's shorts, shirt and leg for at least 10 minutes and a crowd took pictures.

The bat was found and euthanized Saturday. The identity of the woman is not known.

The other bat was discovered dead on the North Kaibab Trail on July 12.

The bats are the first animals to be identified by the park this year as having rabies.

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