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A rabies scare in West Virginia turned out to be just raccoons drunk on crab apples

Rabid animals are, of course, no laughing matter. The rabies virus can infect the central nervous system, resulting in disease…

Rabid animals are, of course, no laughing matter. The rabies virus can infect the central nervous system, resulting in disease and death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Men det skjer efter en lang række skarmerende symptomer: partial paralysis, agitation, hallucinations, hydrophobia. A British man and two children died in Morocco after they were bitten by a rabid cat.

So it was not surprising that when people in the city of Milton, West Virginia, saw raccoons behaved weirdly, they involved the local police. 19659002] Officers staked out the area where the suspect animals were hanging out, looking for any signs of the masked perpetrators.

But when they caught two of them, they realized they were dealing with a different kind of issue.

The raccoons were not rabid. They were drunk.

The raccoons, apparently, had been feasting on crab apples that had fermented on the tree, causing the little animals to walk around “staggering and disoriented,” police said.

“Turns out they appear to be drunk on crab apples, “police said in their official statement to the community.

The apprehended animals were held in custody and allowed to sober up in what can only be considered a raccoon drunk tank.

Then they were released in the wild, but not before some enterprising officer took a picture of the animal, showing it to be dazed, woozy, more than a little out of it.

And with that, Dallas joined a long line of animals that have made headlines for public intoxication.

Officers in Gilbert, Minn., For example, received reports or under-the-influence birds “flying into windows, cars and acting confused,” Police Chief Ty Techar wrote. An early frost meant that berries had fermented before the birds flew south for the winter, according to The Washington Post’s Antonia Noori Farzan, and birds were eating them and getting drunk.

But all the birds were not equally affected, the chief wrote : “It seems that some birds are getting a little more ‘tipsy’ than normal, ‘he wrote. “Generally, younger birds’ livers can not handle the toxins as efficiently as more mature birds.”

Residents who thought that maybe they were in a 21

st century remake of an Alfred Hitchcock movie were amused but also relieved:

” This explains why I’ve hit 7 birds with my car this week, “one person commented on the chief’s post.

And in Wayne Township, Indiana, in the spring, a frantic woman walked into a fire station and told firefighters that here pet raccoon was “lethargic” and possibly severely stoned after getting into someone else’s pot, according to The Washington Post.

High animals are more common as more jurisdictions legalize marijuana and people plop the drug into tasty edibles that also appeal to their pets , who can not read warning labels and do not typically have the impulse control to stop at one, Brulliard reported.

Although most of the calls involve dogs chomping on marijuana edibles, Brulliard wrote, “Veterinarians also cited exa mples of chihuahuas lapping up bong water, cats being exposed to vaping, and even rabbits, ferrets and birds getting accidentally stoned. “

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