The police in Milton, West Virginia, have delivered some scary news about two strange raccoons who originally believed to be full of juniper crab apples.
At least one of the raccoons actually seems to have been distorted, a
Milton Police Department explained what happened in a detailed Facebook post on Thursday.
On November 9, the police captured a raccoon suspected of being rabid but the slaughtered animals were probably just drunk on the fermented fruit because of his proximity to the crabapple tree, his actions and appearance.
Milton (WV) Police Department
One of the raccoons caught by the police in Milton, West Virginia, last week.
The next day, the police caught a second raccoon that apparently seemed strange. To believe in this was also just full, they released it. Both raccoons were returned in nature, and the department’s Facebook post on the probably “drunk” raccoons went massively viral.
But on Wednesday, when the police received a report about a third raccoon dropping out of a tree, they entered a local wildlife rescue team, Point of View Farm. That group suggested that the animals may be suffering, a serious viral disease that can be transmitted to other animals, including dogs. (It does not infect humans and dogs can be vaccinated against it.)
The police could then track the other raccoon they had captured and found that they “continued to seize” just 10 meters from where they had released it. The raccoon and the third raccoon that fell from the tree were both euthanized.
The police did not find the first raccoon they had captured, but the department wrote on Facebook that it was hoped that the animal “was actually drunk on crabapples, is sober and flourishing in nature as he should be.”