Published: 2:04 pm, Wed. Oct. 14th, 2015
A ringtail whose unusual behavior prompted a temporary closure of one entrance to the cave at Carlsbad Caverns National Park had rabies.
Park officials say that determination was made by the New Mexico Department of Health and Science in Albuquerque.
Ringtails are small wild mammals that related to raccoons and are largely nocturnal and normally skittish around humans. The one spotted last week at the Natural Entrance to the cave was in the open and approaching visitors on Wednesday.
The park closed the Natural Entrance for about four hours as a precaution, but visitors still could enter the cave by using an elevator.