‘Zombie raccoons’ are freaking out residents with bizarre behavior, Ohio police say
Playing with his dogs in his yard, Robert Coggeshall spotted a raccoon coming his way and hustled his dogs back inside. But the raccoon kept coming – right up to his door.
Then things got really weird, Coggeshall told WKBN.
“He would stand up on his hind legs, which I’ve never seen a raccoon do before, and he would show his teeth and then he would fall over backward and go into almost a comatose condition,” Coggeshall told the station. The Youngstown, Ohio, man tried to drive off the raccoon, but to no avail.
“He’d come out of it, walk around and then he’d do the same thing again, Coggeshall told WKBN. “Get on his hind feet and show his teeth.”
Youngstown police received at least 14 similar reports in March, officers told the station. Most of the calls have come during daylight hours, despite the fact that raccoons are chiefly active at night.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the animals probably have distemper, reports WYTY.
There's a video too if you want to see what these animals look like.