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Early symptoms of rabies are too general to cause too much concern: fatigue, headache, irritability, depression, nausea, fever, stomach pain. Sounds like another day in the office. There is only one way for sure to know if you have the disease. You die! But first: wild hallucinations . . . extremely painful difficulty swallowing . . . frequent muscle spasms . . . and, toward the end, complete disorientation and a raging fever.
• Alligators are experts at attacking. Swimming below the surface of the water, only eyeballs exposed, they silently approach their prey, gambling everything on one swift and merciless attack. If the attackee happens to be you, your first awareness of danger will most likely be the snapping of powerful jaws as they close over a bite-able body part. . . .