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Mountain lion that attacked 6-year-old boy tests negative for rabies
Mountain lion that attacked 6-year-old boy tests negative for rabies

The mountain lion that attacked a 6-year-old boy in Cupertino, Calif., this past weekend did not have rabies, authorities confirmed Friday. The boy, who was treated for puncture wounds and cuts to his head and neck, will now stop receiving the rabies shots he'd been taking since being attacked Sunday, said Kirsten Macintyre, spokeswoman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. She described the shot regimen as a "very unpleasant process," but a necessary precaution. Genetic testing had also confirmed that the male, 74-pound mountain lion had indeed attacked the boy. Officials said the cat was 2 years old and healthy. The unusually aggressive mountain...

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