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Old 05-17-2018, 08:45 AM   #1
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I was on my morning ride on a park road and came across this possum making circles in the middle of the road. I stopped right next to him and he did not even look up - he did not look injured. Seeing a largely nocturnal critter acting weird in daylight makes me think rabies but I've always heard possums are not susceptible to that disease. What do you think he was up to?

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Old 05-17-2018, 08:47 AM   #2
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That's interesting. "Video unavailable" for me though.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:50 AM   #3
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Video doesn't work

I bet he had a head injury. I saw a ram with a busted skull turning circles like that. Had no idea we were there. Almost walked right into the truck.

Would guess he got hit by a car or fell out of a tree
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:52 AM   #4
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It probably had a head injury that just can't be seen.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:57 AM   #5
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAt5KeHI-Po

let me know if that works.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:58 AM   #6
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Yep, that video works. I would bet head injury as well.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:02 AM   #7
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Brain issue for sure. I'm almost a veterinarian. I watch all the National Geographic shows. Seen it happen to goats on there when they had some kind of illness.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:21 AM   #8
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That's a Nascar possum. He's makin another left turn!!!!
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:26 AM   #9
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Yep brain damage of some sort. We had a mule deer buck doing that several years ago. Sent it in for test and he had damaged his pedical which led to an infection in his brain.


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Old 05-17-2018, 09:38 AM   #10
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Time to put him down.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:41 AM   #11
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Bummer. Good rodents to have around!
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Old 05-17-2018, 10:23 AM   #12
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Most likely rabid. Should have called animal control.
Any mammal can get rabies.
We’ve killed two rabid skunks on our place in the last three weeks (confirmed positive via testing.)
We were told this has been a particularly bad year for rabies because it’s been so dry, which concentrates animals around water and food sources.
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Old 05-17-2018, 10:31 AM   #13
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Man, it's so weird that you posted this because Mindy and I experienced something so similar to this a couple years ago. It was in our back yard. It got even worse after this video. To the point that I was concerned about it spreading something to our pets or other animals in the area and finally went out there and put it out of its misery.

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https://www.facebook.com/tx.david/vi...923849/?type=3

It got to the point where it was actually running smack into trees and stuff. It weren't right!!

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Old 05-17-2018, 10:31 AM   #14
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Old 05-17-2018, 10:59 AM   #15
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Had a pet chihuahua do that when I was a kid, and the vet told us she had suffered a stroke. So my vote is also for something affecting the central nervous system (rabies, head injury, etc.).
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Old 05-17-2018, 11:05 AM   #16
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Probably an injury. Its very rare that possums get rabies.
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Old 05-17-2018, 11:33 AM   #17
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shot a pig in the noggin did that for a few circles till I hit him again
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Old 05-17-2018, 11:43 AM   #18
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very odd, agree with said above
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Old 05-17-2018, 11:50 AM   #19
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My brother found a raccoon doing that. He caught it and took it to the vet. It had rabies.
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:19 PM   #20
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I was watching an episode of North Woods Law.
They was a Moose doing that. They say it was a brain worm.
They put it down
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:54 PM   #21
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Most likely rabid. Should have called animal control.
Any mammal can get rabies.
Weve killed two rabid skunks on our place in the last three weeks (confirmed positive via testing.)
We were told this has been a particularly bad year for rabies because its been so dry, which concentrates animals around water and food sources.


I doubt that it was rabies.
Not impossible but very improbable. A lot of folks think that opossums are immune to rabies and while they are not, something with their body temperature makes them like 10 times less likely to have rabies. That virus cant live at the temps the opossums body operates at
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:56 PM   #22
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:57 PM   #23
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Saw that with a squirrel one time--we killed it and took it to be checked and it turned out to be Distemper.
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Old 05-17-2018, 01:01 PM   #24
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I doubt that it was rabies.
Not impossible but very improbable. A lot of folks think that opossums are immune to rabies and while they are not, something with their body temperature makes them like 10 times less likely to have rabies. That virus cant live at the temps the opossums body operates at
Doesn't cost anything to report it. Some poor animal control officer is sitting around with nothing better to do.
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Old 05-17-2018, 01:06 PM   #25
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That is strange. I’d lean towards a recent head injury as well. The possum looks healthy, other than the whole spinning around thing. If he was that far along with rabies I’d expect him to look worse than he does
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Old 05-17-2018, 01:09 PM   #26
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Surprised nobody has said this yet, but...
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Old 05-17-2018, 01:13 PM   #27
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Looking on the internet it seems that this is a pretty common “uncommon” behavior
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Old 05-17-2018, 01:17 PM   #28
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Itchy butt
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Old 05-17-2018, 02:10 PM   #29
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I have a golden retriever puppy that does that, but at a much faster clip! She is so fast she can catch her tail though!

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