"Zombie-type" raccoons have made a scary scene in a city in Ohio.
Authorities in Youngstown "have responded to more than a dozen phone calls over the daytime strangely behaving mammals WKBN-TV reported on Tuesday.
Robert Coggeshall was with his dogs in front of his home last week as, As he informed the police station that a raccoon was approaching them, he immediately hurried the dogs into the house and took pictures of the furry creature.
"He would stand on his hind legs, which I've never seen before with a raccoon, and he would show his teeth and then he would fall backwards and almost get into a comatose state, "recalls Coggeshall.
The raccoon that met Coggeshall and 14 other police officers were reportedly euthanized.
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The animals probably suffered from distemper, the Department of Natural R esources (DNR) said WKBN.
The virus disease causes coughing, tremors and seizures, and raccoons lose their fear of people.
"Raccoons can transmit rabies, canine distemper and parvovirus to pets and humans," warns DNR online. "You should avoid any raccoon that is active during the day, has lost its fear of people or appears to be uncoordinated, confused or listless."
Authorities urge residents to report raccoons that behave abnormally at their local police station.
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.