It sounds like something out of a fun Halloween story but this one is actually scary and serious.

According to the City of Bethlehem Health Bureau, a young girl was bitten by a bat in Monocacy Park on October 10, 2016. The little girl picked the bat up and it bit her twice on the finger.

The bat was captured and tested positive for rabies. As a result, the girl is receiving a vaccine to prevent her from contracting the rabies virus, which can kill if left untreated.

The Health Bureau wants to remind residents that anyone who is bitten, scratched, or otherwise exposed to an animal should seek prompt medical care. By law, all medical care providers must report these cases to the local health department for investigation.

To report a potential dangerous exposure to a wild or domesticated animal, please call the Bethlehem Health Bureau 610-865-7083.