A tri-state girl is recovering after a bat swooped down and bit her at a high school volleyball game.
It happened Tuesday night when Payson-Seymour High School senior Amber Lippincott and her teammates were gearing up to play at Hannibal High.
Now, the focus is on fighting rabies.
The bat was never captured and tested, so Lippincott says her family is now taking every possible precaution to make sure she isn't infected with rabies.
Lippincott was on her way to get her second round of rabies shots Friday afternoon she spoke with WGEM about the encounter with the bat.
"I think I screamed a little bit. Everyone did," said Lippincott.
Lippincott says she and her teammates were gearing up for their volleyball game when the bat came out of nowhere.
"A bat flew out and hit me in the side of my face and I didn't really think much of it until I got home," said Lippincott.
That's when she says her dad decided to take a closer look.
"My dad just looked at the back of my ear and saw two marks that he thought could have been a bat bite, but he wasn't sure," said Lippincott.
Lippincott says the next day she spent hours in the emergency room getting her first round of painful rabies shots as a precaution.
Marion County Health Department Administrator Jean McBride says she's not surprised Lippincott didn't know if she was bitten or not.
"It doesn't feel like anything. So, the best thing to do is if you have an encounter with a bat you need to call your physician and see what the course would be," said McBride.
McBride says Lippincott reacted in the right way.
"The best thing to do is if you have an encounter with a bat you need to call your physician and see what your course should be then you need to call and report it to the health department," said McBride.
For Lippincott, she says it was a lesson learned.
"I didn't know it was a big deal. I didn't know you could get seriously hurt from it, but I guess you can," said Lippincott.
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