ANIMAL COLLECTION. A 10 day observation period is preferable over testing of domestic animals, whenever possible. If the decision has been made to test an animal and the necessary approvals have been granted, efforts should be made to collect, humanely euthanize, properly ship, and test the wild or domestic animal in question. Caution must be exercised to avoid bites and exposures to an eye, open cut, or mucous membrane when attempting to collect a bat or other animal for testing. Avoiding additional potential rabies exposures is critical.