Zombie Raccoons Terrorize Town

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Raccoons in Youngstown, Ohio have been exhibiting zombie-like symptoms and scaring humans over the last few weeks.

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The town’s police have received over a dozen calls from concerned citizens complaining about this creepy invasion. Apparently, the raccoons have been spotted during the day, which is strange because they’re normally nocturnal.

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On top of this, the animals are no longer afraid of people and have been difficult to scare off. They first stand up on their hind legs, then bare their teeth, and finally fall down in a comatose state. This would be the moment in a zombie movie when the creatures would get back up and attack, but thankfully, no such activity has been reported. Yet…

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The normally calm city of Youngstown has a population of around 70,000 people and is part of the Rust Belt, which is a Midwest region that includes any location that has suffered from deindustrialization, economic decline, population loss, and urban decay due to the shrinking of its once-powerful industrial sector. This almost makes it a perfect location for a real-life horror film.

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Initial attempts to figure out what's causing the weird behavior saw rabies as the culprit, but further investigation ruled that out. It’s more than likely a disease called distemper. The American Veterinary Medical Association said distemper “attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems” and causes symptoms like “head tilt, muscle twitches, seizures, and partial or complete paralysis.”

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While this can spread to dogs, it’s not transmittable to people, and doesn’t appear to cause a taste for human brains. As far as we know...


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