Raccoons getting drunk? Yes, it happens

This is definitely a cute story involving some raccoons in West Virginia. It was a mystery that was waiting to be solved as some people thought that they had rabies, and the called the police to have this matter solved. However, it turns out that these little creatures were just drunk since they ate fermented crab apples.

Dr. Suzanne MacDonald who is a professor in the Department of Psychology at York University, does research about animal behavior, including raccoons and she told IFLScience, “we have had calls on suspected rabid raccoons twice over the last two days. Turns out they appear to be drunk on crab apples, we just don’t usually get to see it!”

Being careful around animals that are suspected to have rabies is understandable since rabies is a very dangerous disease that will infect the central nervous system and even cause death.

Dr. MacDonald continued to say “It’s important to give raccoons a wide berth at the best of times but certainly when they are inebriated people should keep their distance. Inebriation looks similar to the symptoms of rabies or canine distemper, so it’s hard to distinguish except the drunkenness wouldn’t last very long. I can’t imagine that they’re very happy when they’re hungover…”

Animals can also get drunk in the nature since you can find fermented products that can cause inebriation. Dr. Macdonald confirmed this, “For sure, various animal species have been known to get tipsy on fermented berries and apples. Birds fly into windows, mammals like moose and, yes, raccoons can also get inebriated.”