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Police Offer Explanation For The "Zombie" Raccoons Plaguing West Virginia

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You may have heard scary reports of "zombie" raccoons from a West Virginia neighborhood earlier this week.

Police have good news and bad news to finally put those stories to bed: no, the raccoons weren't rabid, or infected with some type of creepy virus.

Instead, the Milton Police Department says the animals were only drunk on crabapples.

The department even included a photo of one of the masked suspects that allegedly got tipsy on the rotted fruit.

So, Ptl Scarberry made his first apprehension today, taking this masked bandit into custody with assistance of Sgt...

Posted by Milton Police Department on Monday, November 12, 2018

A National Geographic article about animals getting drunk revealed that raccoons are not the only four-legged lushes.

Mooses and monkeys have also felt the effects of naturally fermented fruit, and even butterflies and moths are known to get "drunk" on spoiled nectar.

Gilbert police released a very silly public notice about the rash of birds "flying under the influence."

This year, birds in Gilbert, Minnesota were reportedly seen flying into windows and "acting confused," after the berries they eat fermented earlier in the year than they normally do.

Milton police say a pair of drunk raccoons were caught through a "community effort," then released back into the wild after they sobered up.

It's not the first time a raccoon has overindulged and been caught, as footage of a raccoon that treated himself to liquor after breaking into a warehouse went viral a few years back.

Although this story has a happy ending, police are quick to warn that you should never approach an animal that's acting strangely, just in case they have something serious.

[H/T: WSAZ]

Have you ever caught a wild animal under the influence?

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