Zombie raccoons

Over a dozen ‘zombie’ raccoons euthanized in one Ohio town

Over a dozen raccoons, described to be acting like “zombies,” have been euthanized in one Ohio town. According to CBS News, residents have been reaching out to the Youngstown police to report sightings of the raccoons, who are exhibiting bizarre behavior.

One man, who was playing outside with his dog, encountered one of the zombie-like raccoons –  Robert Coggeshall, a photographer, described the odd behavior to WKBN News, “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.”

Officials with Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources believe that the animals are sick with distemper. Symptoms of the disease may include discharge from the nose and eyes, emaciated appearance, unkempt/rough fur, aimless wandering, and behavior is a disoriented manner.

It is important to note that distemper can be spread to dogs – it is imperative that dogs are kept up-to-date on their distemper vaccinations.

Residents who see a raccoon behaving oddly (falling over, approaching humans/pets, behaving aggressively) should call the authorities to report.

(Screenshot via CBS)

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9 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    As if pet owners don’t have enough to worry about. I hope they are able to contain the raccoons and nobody is hurt.

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      • Barkley's Mom says:

        They are excused, it’s not the Raccoon’s fault they are sick, but would you want your pet to get bit by one of these sick animals? It’s not like Distemper is an easily cured disease that they can sprinkle antibiotics around and the Raccoons will be cured. I lost a puppy once to this horrible disease and frankly putting the animals out of their misery is probably a blessing.

  2. Sue says:

    Ironically, before I even received the (deliberately banned) book which caused me to start researching the subject of vaccinations, I had an “AHA moment” after bringing home a dog from the pound who had just been vaccinated. I was in rescue at the time, and had three unvaccinated dogs at home. The vaccinated dog came down with distemper within a couple of weeks of getting him. He was in constant contact with the three unvaccinated dogs, and none of them “caught” it from him. This happened in 1978. That pattern repeated itself over the next few decades, and in the meantime I researched the subject and wrote about it. Everyone should look up “The Truth About Pet Cancer” which is a documentary that starts tonight (April 4), on the web. It deals with the factors which are causing our animals not only cancer (today, less than one in two dogs is diagnosed with cancer, one in three cats), but the auto-immune diseases, seizures, paralysis, and so much more. If people want to know the real causes and prevention of diseases (a very simple lost art, with the invasion of petrochemical profits), to keep their animals healthy, it would be a good thing to watch.

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  3. JOSEPHINE FRAZIER says:

    NOT SURE WHY THEY ARE EUTHANIZED…THEY ARE JUST PROBABLY PLAYING IN THEIR OWN WAY. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT? IF THEY HAVE NOT HARMED ANY HUMANS OR PETS, WHY EUTHANIZE THEM? THE CRUEL ARE PEOPLE THAT DECIDE TO KILL THEM!

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