TAMPA (FOX 13) – A Hillsborough County woman has a mangled right leg — and three weeks’ worth of rabies shots ahead of her — after being mauled by a raccoon.
Gabrielle Luig says she had to punch the raccoon to get it to stop biting her, and then it even chased her back to the house. She’s telling her story as a warning to her neighbors in Citrus Park because the raccoon is still out there.
Luig says the county told her it can’t go looking for the raccoon because it would be impossible to single it out from other raccoons. But she says they should at least search her neighborhood because this animal is clearly rabid and attacked her for no reason.
‘Throttle’ the baby raccoon rescued Friday morning by Emeryville police, gets fed at the Berkeley Animal Shelter (photo courtesy of Berkeley Animal Shelter). Read more Fruitville Raccoon Removal [News Blog] ‘Throttle’ the raccoon rescued from under hood of vehicle
BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – The behavior of some raccoons in the area have people concerned about their own pets. You’ve seen the photos circulating the national and international news — raccoons on their hind legs, teeth bared.
Earlier this week, the strange raccoons tested positive for a disease called distemper.
Humans and cats can’t get it, but your dog might be at risk. It can spread through the air and by direct or indirect contact with an infected animal.
Dogs join a list of several animals that can be infected, including foxes, wolves, skunks, coyotes and yes — raccoons.
Symptoms include high fever, discharge from the nose and eyes, loss of appetite and sluggishness. When it gets bad enough, your dog could suffer from diarrhea and vomiting. At that point, your pet is very sick.
By Jeff Tavss – Executive Producer
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – Police are warning residents of reports of cottonmouth snakes found inside a Coral Springs dog park.
The Coral Springs police department used Twitter to issue the warning Wednesday of snakes at the Sportsplex located at 2575 Sportsplex Drive.
Residents are urged to avoid the snakes if found inside the park, and call police at 954-344-1800.
Cottonmouth snakes are venomous and capable of delivering a fatal bite.
The Dr. Steven G. Paul Dog Park is open from dawn to 9:30 p.m.
DRASTIC INCREASE IN RABID RACCOONS – What you need to know.
Mom and baby raccoon nestled in a tree to sleep the day away at First Landing State Park. Photo Cred: June McDaniels | For The Virginian-Pilot
MIRAMAR, Fla. – Residents are concerned after a number of venomous water moccasins, or cottonmouths, have been spotted in communities in western Broward County in recent weeks.
Miramar resident Eric Misch spotted a snake hiding under a rock in his front yard not long ago. Shortly after he killed it, his neighbor reported finding another one outside her home.
This raccoon will conquer you. Thinking about the raccoons, most of us think pesky creatures that just make you go through the bags of garbage and filth. But Melanie (Melanie) puts an end to these offensive misconceptions, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to the Telegraph. Read more The Net is Delighted With Raccoon Riding a Bike [News Blog] Raccoon Trapping and Removal Sarasota
The Hawaii Department of Health has been conducting detailed investigations of two additional cases of angiostrongyliasis, or rat lungworm disease, contracted in the state.
The two cases are unrelated and were confirmed by laboratory tests conducted by the DOH State Laboratories Division in March. This brings the statewide total of confirmed cases of the disease to three individuals to date in 2018.
Opossums get a really bad wrap. If it isn’t bad enough that their tails look like they belong on an oversized rat… they sometimes drool and play dead. Opossums are nearly harmless fellows… and their only defense is to look horrid in an attempt to scare you away! So, opossums are getting a bad bio for a lot of reasons. However, they DO actually have redeeming qualities and I would like to share a few of them with you. If you have an opossum that has gotten into your house, please don’t try to catch it on your own. You need a professional to come and capture the animal and remove it from your Sarasota, or Lakewood Ranch location.
Almost ALL wild animals can carry rabies — however for the Opossum, it is extremely- rare. Why is that? Because their body temperature is too low for the rabies virus to live.
Opossums are like the sanitation department of the wild. They are omnivores, and often will consume things that other animals leave behind and will not eat. Having them around is kind of like having a clean up crew!
Did you know that opossums are immune to the venom from all snakes? A venomous snake can not hurt an opossum, it just doesn’t affect them! What this means is that possibly in the future, scientists will discover an antibody – or anti-venom that can be injected into humans!
The slow moving Opossums are an attractant to ticks…. So what you may say? Well, those ticks cling to the fur and make a tasty snack to their host later on. Opossums find them delicious eating thousands of them each season. With Lyme disease becoming more and more prevalent, having opossums around can actually be of benefit to humans. Opossums stay fastidiously clean, eating 95% of all the ticks off of their own bodies.
So, what do you think? Opossums are really not the “bad or the ugly guys” that many make them out to be!