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By anonymous / Thursday 13 September 2012 06:02 / United States - Los Angeles
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  samiiii_fml  |  2

They are supposed to kill the raccoons because of all the possible diseases they have.

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  rubberduckie94  |  13

Exactly. Op is a dumb ass. Critters are a part of life raccoons, coyotes, deer skunks everything just part of life here. I would have done same thing as anal control did. I bet they laughed and laughed when it was over.

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  metalwolf  |  17

laughingstock- exactly, they should do a low air drop if an army of raccoons into raccoon city. As far as i know, zombies dont go after raccoons but, as OP will agree, those things can get mean.

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  Marcella1016  |  26

Exactly what I was thinking! Lucky he got away with a few scratches and not some serious bites. Then again, with the shittiness of the animal control in his area, maybe OP had no choice. Why the %&#! Would they release it in his yard?!

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  clancey6  |  4

It's common sense to tell if an animal has rabies. They may be foaming at the mouth, have patches of hair loss, unsteady movements, etc.. But then again, common sense isn't so common nowadays.

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  Marcella1016  |  26

I'm not a vet, 22, but you can probably assume the symptoms aren't going to ALWAYS be evident ALL the time. Better to be safe than sorry. And I hear treatment for rabies is a bitch.

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  thgiL  |  9

22- one of first noticeable symptoms is shying away from humans you won't notice that in a raccoon though because they do that either way.

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  sens3sfailing  |  24

Also the fact that raccoons are nocturnal and one being out in the daytime (assuming this was day time) would have a huge chance of having rabies...or had a crazy night on the town and can't remember where he parked his hole or where ever raccoons live.

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  saksxalmo  |  20

I scrolled down the FML homepage so quickly that I read this FML and the previous one together. Imagine my surprise when I thought the first sentence was "Today, I was having sex with an enormous raccoon in my backyard." Back on topic, OP should have had the raccoon tested for rabies before letting animal control release it. If s/he can't locate it at this point, s/he should probably get the shot. You only have something like 72 hours after exposure to get it, and almost all cases of rabies are fatal. 36, where did you hear that? I'm pretty sure one of the most noticeable symptoms of rabies is loss of fear, not shyness.

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  xgetxbentx  |  13

That goes for ANY wild animal. I worked at a wildlife education center for about a year with tons of animals, including one raccoon. All wild animals have about the same chance of getting rabies. OP needs to be seen by a doctor ASAP, they can give you a series of shots to prevent rabies. It doesn't matter if the animal seemed rabid or not, it is NOT worth the risk. Then they should probably be writing a letter to whoever is in charge of animal control and possibly the DNR about how the situation was handled, because OP should not have needed to be anywhere near the animal.

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  saksxalmo  |  20

#93- I don't think they test it in humans until you start getting the symptoms (at which point it's too late.) They give you the shot if they even think you might have been infected. The problem is that the shot is apparently really expensive (IIRC) so if possible you're supposed to get the animal tested as soon as possible to see whether you even need it. If you can't get the animal tested, you have to get the shot just in case. Oh, and one more rabies PSA, if you ever find a bat in a sleeping person's room, get the bat tested, because you can be bitten by a rabid bat in your sleep and not be aware of it. And no, birds don't carry rabies. Only mammals do. I only say this because I once had a friend come to me hysterical after being "attacked" by a bird she was convinced was rabid. lol

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  sens3sfailing  |  24

96-About your profile, why do you call yourself a feminist if you are an equal rights activist? Why throw in any gender orientation if you neither gender is more important? I feel trying to make one group of people stick out at this point is not helping any of societies sexist and/or racial feelings, but only spark the fire a little more. I hear ya on the whole equal rights for everyone, I just don't understand the need for calling yourself a feminist, or fighting for women's rights when other minorities are discriminated against, just as much if not more, than women are.

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  sens3sfailing  |  24

This is a serious question. I am on my iPod so. I can't personally message them, I seriously want to know why this is done! It doesn't make sense to me, and if it has a logical explanation then she will be able to give me an intellectual reason.

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  Roevera  |  14

In a few days I can picture the Walmart commercial where they're advertising water guns for the summer. The guys sitting on his porch with the water gun while the raccoon is hissing at him!

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  onlychildFTW  |  33

I thought animal control would catch them and relocate them. Not have the house owner catch them and then not even move it off the property. Get a rabies shot OP.

By  ManInTheMachine  |  19

You should probably check that hedge in your back yard for any food-stuffed logs, and make sure there isn't a stingy bear lurking around. Animals are smarter than you think; just ask Vern!

By  chellyX92  |  8

Why would you even attempt to get near it let alone catch it? There's traps you can buy that animal control will pick up. That sucks they let it out back on your property but if I am correct animal control lets capture animals out near or in their natural surroundings. If you live in a wooded area that raccoon wasn't going to go far anyway.

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