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Message 1326165 - Posted: 9 Jan 2013, 20:32:51 UTC

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/01/raccoon-cancer-outbreak/
Brain Cancer-Causing Virus Strikes West Coast Raccoons


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Message 1326243 - Posted: 10 Jan 2013, 0:34:48 UTC

Don't let it spread to the Bay colonies ...
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Message 1326263 - Posted: 10 Jan 2013, 3:45:40 UTC - in response to Message 1325959.

Skunks are more likely to be rabid than raccoons! Hopefully none of you were wearing sandals!!!

Sandals are not allowed at Scout camp for several reasons - this being one of the less likely reasons.

The skunk I had investigate me was obvioulsly trying to figure out if my shoe laces were tasty.
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Message 1326428 - Posted: 10 Jan 2013, 18:57:39 UTC - in response to Message 1326165.

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/01/raccoon-cancer-outbreak/
Brain Cancer-Causing Virus Strikes West Coast Raccoons




Oh my, those poor creatures:(
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Message 1326502 - Posted: 10 Jan 2013, 23:19:02 UTC


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Message 1326522 - Posted: 11 Jan 2013, 0:56:23 UTC



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Message 1326557 - Posted: 11 Jan 2013, 5:13:45 UTC

Raccoon viruses, of course, sadden me, but I doubt the virus is 100% fatal. Eventually raccoons with some natural immunity to this virus will survive to reproduce themselves. Urban raccoon populations may fall drastically for some time, but eventually they will rise again. Natural selection seems harsh, but it is nature's way. Raccoons are survivors. They are a most adaptable species.

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Message 1326558 - Posted: 11 Jan 2013, 5:16:00 UTC - in response to Message 1326557.

Raccoon viruses, of course, sadden me, but I doubt the virus is 100% fatal. Eventually raccoons with some natural immunity to this virus will survive to reproduce themselves. Urban raccoon populations may fall drastically for some time, but eventually they will rise again. Natural selection seems harsh, but it is nature's way. Raccoons are survivors. They are a most adaptable species.

I do hope there are some with a natural immunity Angela, I truly do, as Raccoons going extinct would be a real crying shame.
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Message 1326596 - Posted: 11 Jan 2013, 7:14:42 UTC - in response to Message 1326558.

Raccoon viruses, of course, sadden me, but I doubt the virus is 100% fatal. Eventually raccoons with some natural immunity to this virus will survive to reproduce themselves. Urban raccoon populations may fall drastically for some time, but eventually they will rise again. Natural selection seems harsh, but it is nature's way. Raccoons are survivors. They are a most adaptable species.

I do hope there are some with a natural immunity Angela, I truly do, as Raccoons going extinct would be a real crying shame.


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Message 1326608 - Posted: 11 Jan 2013, 7:44:01 UTC

Viruses may be... well... "virulent", but the flexibility provided to species through the genetic code generally results in adaptation to such stresses. Though many may die, the smart money is on ultimate species survival.

I am pretty confident raccoons will not end up on any endangered species lists.

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Message 1326611 - Posted: 11 Jan 2013, 7:49:41 UTC - in response to Message 1326608.

Viruses may be... well... "virulent", but the flexibility provided to species through the genetic code generally results in adaptation to such stresses. Though many may die, the smart money is on ultimate species survival.

I am pretty confident raccoons will not end up on any endangered species lists.

The article mentions 10 autopsied raccoons in a couple of years, and I don't think they have called it an epidemic...

Hopefully it does not become one.
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Message 1326619 - Posted: 11 Jan 2013, 8:00:09 UTC - in response to Message 1326608.

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I am pretty confident raccoons will not end up on any endangered species lists.


That's an understatement. Raccoons, Coyotes, Bears, and more have only been growing in numbers due to adapting to scavenge from humans.
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Message 1326719 - Posted: 11 Jan 2013, 16:41:49 UTC

Oh, my......
What a beautiful coat you have!
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Message 1326758 - Posted: 11 Jan 2013, 19:04:36 UTC



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Message 1326770 - Posted: 11 Jan 2013, 19:24:25 UTC

Auww, looks just like the dog I had, Gonzo...
Her mommy was a flat golden retriever-labrador and her daddy was a collie.
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Message 1326807 - Posted: 11 Jan 2013, 20:07:49 UTC - in response to Message 1326719.

Oh, my......
What a beautiful coat you have!


LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Message 1326809 - Posted: 11 Jan 2013, 20:10:41 UTC - in response to Message 1326719.

Oh, my......
What a beautiful coat you have!

Riminds me of a story I heard.

One woman commenting to another that the second woman's mink stole was looking a bit ratty. Whereupon the mink stole poked it nose up and stared at the first.
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Message 1326838 - Posted: 11 Jan 2013, 21:36:20 UTC
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And who can forget this one, the Labradoodle who people thought was a Lion...

Labradoodle mistaken for lion; residents call 911

Labradoodle shaved to look like a lion sends residents in US town into a panic

This was on local TV News here too...
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Message 1326891 - Posted: 12 Jan 2013, 0:49:36 UTC

That is a real crack up. Without checking, how can they panic so easily?

Many years ago, about 1944, mother had me in a pram and our spaniel was a large black Cl umber. The locals thought this was a dangerous Himalayan Mountain Bear, and all ran away from mum, Gran and my pram ...
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Message 1326897 - Posted: 12 Jan 2013, 0:56:35 UTC - in response to Message 1326891.
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That is a real crack up. Without checking, how can they panic so easily?

Many years ago, about 1944, mother had me in a pram and our spaniel was a large black Cl umber. The locals thought this was a dangerous Himalayan Mountain Bear, and all ran away from mum, Gran and my pram ...

Yeah, that does sound like a 1st class prank, LOL...

Turns out this dog has His own facebook page too.
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