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Iowa family brings home skunk with rabies


DES MOINES (KWWL)-- A northwestern Iowa family had some bad luck after taking home a baby skunk as a pet. 

After keeping the skunk for several weeks it became ill.  A veterinarian found it has rabies.

 Five family members lived with the skunk and are now receiving the rabies vaccine.  More than 20 other family members and friends were in contact with the pet and now are being tested as well.

The family's dog did not have a rabies vaccination.  He will either have to be put into quarantine for six months or euthanized.

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