'Zombie-Like' Raccoons, Carrying Distemper Virus, Behaving Bizarrely In Ohio

International Business Times

Racoons caused quite a racket in the city of Youngstown, Ohio, over the weekend forcing residents to call the police to deal with their unusual, almost "zombie-like" behavior. While the police have ruled out the possibility of the raccoons acting abnormally due to rabies, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said that the animals probably have distemper, reports ABC affiliated WYTV. "It's mostly spread through inhalation, but any contact with a raccoon can be dangerous," Margee O'Donnell-Foust of Bark Mobile Pet Vet said. "It is not transmissible to humans, however dogs in the backyard or in the park could certainly contract the illness." According to PetMD, canine distemper is a serious viral disease that affects dogs and some wildlife species such as raccoons, skunks, wolves and foxes.


Dozens of raccoons die from viral 'zombie' outbreak in New York's Central Park

FOX News

Raccoons are approaching humans, baring their teeth and passing out in Youngstown, Ohio. They strange behavior has led to the euthanizing of over a dozen raccoons who seem to be suffering from a virus. More than two dozen Central Park raccoons have died in an ongoing viral outbreak that causes "zombie" behavior in the critters, authorities determined. Of 26 raccoons found dead inside the park since June 24, two tested positive for the canine distemper virus, which doesn't affect humans but can spread to unvaccinated dogs, officials with the city Health and Parks departments revealed on Saturday. The other 24 are believed to be infected by distemper because their deaths were clustered in such a short time and area.


Police Investigate Reports of 'Zombie' Raccoons

U.S. News

Photographer Robert Coggeshall says he was playing with his dogs outside his home last week when one such raccoon approached them. Coggeshall says the animal would stand on its hind legs, show its teeth and fall over backward.


'Drunk' raccoons spotted stumbling around in Canadian neighborhood

FOX News

The Volusia County sheriff's office had to open the machine up, allowing the critter to escape. Seemingly "drunk" raccoons have been stumbling throughout a Canadian neighborhood in recent days -- and the reason may surprise you. Residents of Stittsville, a suburb of Ottawa, Ontario, have spotted the raccoons -- which are nocturnal creatures -- not acting like their usual selves. "He couldn't really move," one resident, Emily Rodgers, told CBC News of a raccoon she saw on Sept. 2. "He was dragging his legs, he was wobbling, having a hard time standing up. You could tell something was wrong with him for sure."


How a Kids' Cartoon Created a Real-Life Invasive Army - Facts So Romantic

Nautilus

Tales of monsters invading Japan are a longstanding tradition, usually involving menacing kaiju--literally "strange creatures"--rising from the sea to wreak havoc on a Japanese city. At this very moment, the country is engaged in just such a war, with an entire army of invasive creatures, but they're both less fearsome and more adorable than Godzilla or Mothra. Sometimes real life is stranger than fiction. Our story begins when a young Wisconsin boy named Sterling North adopts an orphaned baby raccoon and names him Rascal. The boy and the raccoon were inseparable as best friends, and for a year they did everything together.