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US'Zombie raccoon' sightings: They stagger, show their teeth and may have glowing eyes

07:05  16 may  2019
07:05  16 may  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Specifically, they say, the raccoons stand on their hind legs, bear their teeth , and then topple over to the ground where they lay motionless for a while before One wildlife photographer who witnessed the weird antics of the animals said he's never a raccoon in such an "extremely strange" way.

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'Zombie raccoon' sightings: They stagger, show their teeth and may have glowing eyes© Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. Police in Milton, West Virginia, responded to a pair of calls this week about suspected rabid raccoons. Turns out the animals were just "drunk" off crab apples, police said.

The distemper virus can make raccoons act like zombies and can be deadly to dogs. Chicago-area officials have repeatedly warned locals that cases have been spotted in the region.

Police have received multiple reports of “zombie raccoons” recently, and the diseased animals are a persistent problem near Chicago according to reports by the Chicago Tribune and ABC7 Chicago.

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Raccoons exist in this weird pocket of the animal kingdom comprised of adorable animals that look cute but The animals were coming out during the day and standing on their back legs, bearing their teeth and Ohio police have received over a dozen reports of similar sightings of these zombie -like

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In December, Cook County Animal and Rabies Control warned residents of an increase in raccoons carrying the virus and displaying "abnormal neurologic signs." Pet owners should vaccinate their dogs against the disease, the warning says.

After reports of distemper in Ohio raccoons made headlines last year, local authorities addressed the common description of the diseased animals:

"'Zombie raccoons' have been making the news lately, and residents are asking what that means. Sadly, the nickname refers to raccoons that may appear zombie-like due to a viral disease called distemper," a post from the city of Dublin, Ohio, reads.

The city said symptoms of distemper in raccoons include:

  • Walking around dazed and confused, and/or approaching people or pets
  • Staggering or falling down when walking
  • Showing their teeth
  • Having "glowing” eyes

The eyes of diseased raccoons can appear to glow and have an "eery greenish" tint because of abnormal mineral deposits associated with the disease, the city says.

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' Zombie -Like' Raccoons Standing on Their Hind Legs Are Terrorizing a Town in Ohio. The raccoons were seen popping up onto their hind legs, baring their teeth , and then falling over in a If that wasn’t odd enough, the majority of the sightings and calls happened in the daytime even though

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While humans cannot catch distemper, they can accidentally transfer it to their dogs, a fact sheet from a Canadian Humane Society says. The disease is highly contagious and can spread through a variety of methods, including inhalation and contact with raccoon feces.

The disease is separate from chronic wasting disease – unofficially dubbed "zombie" deer disease – which drew headlines in its spread to dozens of states this year.

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