First rabid beavers in Philly, now drooling raccoons in State College??? Looks like 2011 is the year of the rabid animal.
Rocky Raccoon was tooling around the main campus at Penn State University on June 30th when authorities shot the animal because it was drooling, running into things and falling down (guess only coeds are allowed to do that). The raccoon tested positive for rabies (it hadn’t crashed a frat party). This is rather alarming as there are tens of thousands of students at PSU’s main campus and a rabid raccoon throw into the mix could have been very dangerous.
So far this year there have been 8 diagnosed cases of rabies in Centre County. In all of 2010 there were only 5 cases of rabies. The next most recent rabies incident prior to last Thursday happened in nearby Gregg Township. On June 27th a dog and rabid raccoon fought. The dog was vaccinated but is being quarantined.