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Police: Mink that bit 2 Wal-Mart workers released into wild

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Police say a wild mink bit two Wal-Mart workers in Westerly who thought it was a pet ferret.

The Westerly Sun reports police responded to the scene late Monday afternoon. The workers trapped the animal in a garbage can.

After officers determined they weren’t seriously hurt and the animal didn’t show signs it had rabies, police released the mink into a wooded area.

Police then received a call that night saying a person was taken to a hospital after being bitten by the mink.

The hospital notified state health officials after discovering the animal had been released and couldn’t be tested for rabies.

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State health and wildlife officials then issued a warning to residents that at least two customers were reportedly bitten by an animal that could have rabies.

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Information from: The Westerly Sun