Live bat found at Honolulu International Airport

HONOLULU (AP) - State officials are trying to identify the species of a live bat a man was playing with at the Honolulu airport.

Airport security saw a man tossing the bat into the air near a baggage claim at the interisland terminal on Monday. The bat was later turned over to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture but it died overnight.

It's not known where the bat came from or how it got to the airport. Agriculture spokeswoman Janelle Saneishi says the man claims to have found it on the ground.

Authorities don't believe the brown mammal was a Hawaiian hoary bat.

Department of Health tests were negative for the rabies virus. Hawaii is the only state and 1 of the few places in the world that is rabies free.

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