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Old 06-06-2009, 09:07 AM
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The rescue is officially full, again! With 6 coonie babies from 4 different litters and different ages, 3 with the eyes still closed and the other 3 ready to live outside. I'm about to introduce all 3 older girls today and leave them in the outside enclosure together.

I got 5 girls and a boy. Names are Pumkin, Sandy, Rocky, Abi, Lena and Ian.

Here are a couple of movies from yesterday:

Here's Pumkin being her normal goofball:


And Rocky and Sandy still inside:




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That is a hilarious video of Pumkin as well as Rocky and Sandy, made me laugh, very good job
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Old 06-07-2009, 10:54 AM
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They are so cute, we do not have a rabies vector permit and are not allowed to do raccoons there was a short time here that Opossums were on the rabies vector list and they tried to take them away from us. That is when the Possum underground began! I believe that within a year, and much protest from the rehabbers in Pennsylvania they were taken off the list. It is not as easy to underground raccoons and skunks, so we had to give them up. There are two other rehab centers in our county that take them.
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:29 AM
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Thats weird about the possums, I have no knowledge of a possum vectoring rabies, are there any documented cases you know of?
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During my research for the upcoming rabies article, I read through the statistics of the Texas Health Dep. and CDC and I found that since 1962 there has been 1 confirmed opossum rabies case, but it was the skunk variant.

So either the opossums had been bitten by a skunk and for some reason the opossum's body temp (which is usually 1-2 degrees too low to sustain the rabies virus) was a pet or ill and ran a fever...some reason that elevated the body temperature to sustain the virus.

* http://www.cdc.gov/RABIES/qanda/general.html
* http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/qanda/general.html#p3
* http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/rabies/
* http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/rabies/cases/
* http://www.health.state.ny.us/diseas...s/vaccfact.htm

Here are some good links aobut rabies. But wait until my article is ready .
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I forgot, there's also just 1 case of rabies in a raccoon in the past 10 years in my county...also the skunk variant..rabies vector my a**!

People assume falsely that animals can carry the virus without showing symptoms and can still infect them, which is not true. The virus has to enter the brain before it can enter the saliva, so the animal will most likely be symptomatic.
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Very interesting, great info, thanks so much.

I got my advanced texas rabies control certificate in 83 or 84 and at that time we were told an A-symptomatic animal could transfer the virus but in the same sentence they stated there was inconclusive evidence to that but they were positive of the capabilities. They were also using an alleged incident of a second generation of a CB skunk contracting rabies.
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Cool! Now I know who I can run that article by before submitting it for publishing .
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lol, Id love to see it but Im sure your research is flawless.

Speaking of raccoon problems, have you heard of treating raccoons for Parvo using tamiflu derivative?
We have many distemper and parvo cases here in raccoons and one rehabber I have used has treated several raccoons and cured them. I think she is doing something for distemper also but I have not talked to her in about a year.
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Yes, I've heard of it! Some rehabbers vaccinate their coons for canine and feline distemper, but I haven't done enough research yet to determine if it's useful or not.
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