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#1 MacCionoadha BeanSidhe

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 11:09 PM

And thus the Zombie Apocalypse begins... :investigate:

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Police investigate reports of ‘zombie’ raccoons April 4, 2018

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Police are investigating reports of “zombie-like” raccoons in northeast Ohio.

WKBN-TV reports Youngstown police have received more than a dozen calls in the past three weeks about raccoons acting strangely in the daytime.

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.

The raccoon Coggeshall saw, and 14 others police responded to were euthanized.

The state Department of Natural Resources says the animals were likely suffering from distemper, not rabies. The viral disease causes coughing, tremors, and seizures and leads raccoons to lose their fear of humans.

Authorities are asking residents to report raccoons behaving unusually to their local police station.

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 01:35 AM

oh no, that sounds really scary, stay safe out in the wilderness people!
It's in the trees, it's coming!

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 04:25 AM

MacC that is scary stuff :confused0068: :good:
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Posted 11 April 2018 - 06:09 AM

Isn't this how horror movies start? Animals with viruses... human contamination.....

I've been to Youngstown... believe me, Zombie raccoons are the least of their problems.
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Posted 11 April 2018 - 12:16 PM

raccoon zombie hoard!!  Yikes!!

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 07:40 PM

We have raccoons come to our house at night. People think they're small, not so, they're large. They have a body length of 40 - 70cm (16 - 28in). This measurement doesn't include the bushy tail which can measure between 20 - 40cm (8 -16in), creating a full measurement of 60-110cm (24 - 44in). Its shoulder height is between 23 - 30cm (9 - 12in). Its body weight is 5 - 26 kg (11 - 57lb). So, it's about the size of a Shetland Sheepdog, which is the size of raccoons we have.

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 08:00 PM

I watched a show last night on Netflix called 'Strange and Unusual Deaths'. They had an episode about a situation where a person contracted the disease from a dog's blood sample.

The episode told of a researcher's lab being downstairs from a forensic photographer's. The researcher didn't know that they shared an air vent between the two labs. One day the researcher's assistant was centrifuging some dog specimens. The serum vials contained a smallpox variant. It accidentally got air born via a small problem of one of the vial seals.

The photographer got ill.  She developed a rash, and her doctors thought she had a medicine reaction. It wasn't until the pustules formed, which they tested. That was when they realized she had Smallpox. Her mother had also contracted it when she came to care for her daughter. The mother survived the daughter didn't.

Unfortunately, the poor researcher couldn't bear knowing his lab caused the problem and committed suicide.

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 02:27 AM

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 08:13 AM

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