Raccoons in at the very least one West Virginia metropolis apparently can’t deal with their alcohol.
With the assistance of native neighborhood residents, officers with the Milton Police Division apprehended after which took a “masked bandit” — a raccoon — into custody Monday, the police division stated on Fb.
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These within the Milton neighborhood referred to as authorities after they seen the raccoon’s odd conduct; it was reportedly staggering round and seemed to be disoriented. Some locals have been satisfied it was rabid. Reasonably, it appears the creature simply had an excessive amount of to “drink.”
“We now have had calls on suspected rabid raccoons twice over the past two days. Seems they seem like drunk on crab apples,” the Milton Police Division stated.
Whereas it could sound uncommon, it’s doable for animals to get “drunk” off of fermented berries and different meals gadgets. As an example, residents in a Minnesota metropolis in October referred to as authorities with a number of stories of birds crashing into home windows and ramming into vehicles. Seems, the birds have been inebriated; reportedly intoxicated by berries that had fermented before normal as a consequence of an early frost.
And in 2014, a squirrel went viral after gorging itself on too many fermented crab apples, very like the raccoon in West Virginia.
The drunk raccoon captured Monday wasn’t the primary. Officers with the Milton Police Division stated they’d “apprehended” one other simply the day earlier than.
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Each animals have been launched close to a wooded space “unhurt,” authorities stated.
“Should you see a staggering and disoriented raccoon please don’t strategy it. It could possibly be sick so name us and we’ll maintain it,” they added.