• Zoe Szathmary

Raccoons Infected by Odd Virus Approach Neighborhoods.


Raccoons are approaching humans, baring their teeth and passing out in Youngstown, Ohio. Their strange behavior has led to the euthanizing of over a dozen raccoons who seem to be suffering from a virus.

“Zombie-like” raccoons have made for a spooky sight in one Ohio city.

Authorities in Youngstown “have responded to over a dozen” calls in recent weeks about the mammals behaving oddly in the daytime, WKBN-TV reported Tuesday.

Robert Coggeshall was with his dogs outside his home last week when, he told the station, a raccoon headed toward them. He immediately rushed the dogs indoors and snapped photos of the furry creature.

“He would stand up on his hind legs, which I’ve never seen a raccoon do before, and he would show his teeth and then he would fall over backward and go into almost a comatose condition,” Coggeshall recalled.

Lookout for raccoons acting strangely, as this time of year raccoons may have contracted distemper that poses no health risk to humans but can pose a threat to your dogs and cats.

Distemper is a viral disease that affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems of animals. Raccoons are pre-disposed to this disease as are dogs. The disease is most often fatal and those that recover may display permanent neurological damage.


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