Police in Youngstown, Ohio have been bombarded with reports of "zombie raccoons" over the last couple of weeks, according to local CBS affiliate WKBN.
Authorities in Youngstown “have responded to over a dozen” calls in recent weeks about the mammals behaving oddly, WKBN-TV reported Tuesday. Source: FOXNews.com -- Read: Original Article #authorities #behavior #oddbehavior #Ohio #terrifying #WKBNTV #Youngstown #Zombie #Zombieraccoons http://www.b2s.pm/pnEOkP
One man reported that a raccoon showed up during the day, stood up on its hind legs and bared it's teeth before collapsing on it's back...sort of like a zombie.
Not quite. It's actually a fairly common disorder called "distemper" that causes abnormal behavior in mammals. Usually, though, it stays local to a small group of animals and dies off on it's own.
While this video is not from Youngstown, a similiar incident was captured in Kalamazoo, Michigan
It's actually a sad story, as most captured animals with distemper end up having to be euthanized. So hopefully this passes very soon.