Hi Free-Rangers: Here’s a brand new fear to leave you with for the weekend: “Raccoon Latrines Pose Risk to Kids.”
A new risk? OMG! Lock up the kids!
Reader Lorie McGraw found this article explaining — in great detail — how these “latrines,” found all over suburbia, get filled with…what you’d expect. (Put down your raisins before reading any further.) If a raccoon is infected with roundworm parasites, the worms’ tiny eggs fester in the latrines (aren’t you glad you’re reading this post?) and kids who eat whatever they find lying around, could get seriously sick.
How sick? So far there have been “14 reported U.S. cases in the past 30 years.”
Got that? Fewer than 1 case every two years, in a country of 300 million. And yet, the article begs: “Homeowners with small children should remove latrines as quickly as they are discovered.”
Really? We shouldn’t keep them around like lawn ornaments? A festering pit of poop is no longer something to joyously share with our children? Will no one stand up for Raccoon Latrine Pride?
Apparently not, so there you have it. Another reason never to let your kids out of the house. Ever. – Lenore