‘Rabid’ raccoons turn out to be drunk on fermented crabapples

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																	Police jailed drunk raccoons in West Virginia because they were being obnoxious					
								
			
	
		Mike Wehner

Concerned residents in Milton, West Virginia called the police to report what seemed like a case of rabid raccoons, and were later informed that their odd behavior was due to their drunken stupor.

Yes, that's right - the raccoons were drunk, not rabid. Then, on Tuesday, "several neighborhood residents" helped an officer take another "masked bandit into custody". "Turns out they appear to be drunk on crabapples". Some locals were convinced it was rabid.

Raccoons aren't the only animal that have recently caused a boozy ruckus - in early October of this year the police department in Gilbert, Minnesota alerted the community of disoriented birds flying into cars and windows due to fermented berries.

"We have had calls on suspected rabid raccoons twice over the last two days", the Milton Police Department wrote on Facebook.

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And in 2014, a squirrel went viral after gorging itself on too many fermented crab apples, much like the raccoon in West Virginia.

The story, as posted on the police department's Facebook page, is quite amusing.

This isn't the first time animals have gotten drunk on fermenting fruits.

Both animals were released near a wooded area "unharmed", authorities said. The department noted that if you happen to stumble upon one of these drunk idiots, you should not approach them.

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