A squirrel has attacked people in a Welsh town and injured at least 18 people in two days.
The gray squirrel has been called a “psycho” and named “Stripe” after the worst of the Gremlins. He arbitrarily attacked retirees, children and pets, threw himself at people while putting out trash cans, and even chased people down the streets.
Some were left bitten, bruised and bleeding. A few even needed tetanus stings. A resident wrote on Facebook saying, “Warning, vicious squirrel attacking. Has bitten me, attacked my friend … and several other people. It has also attacked my two Bengals, who fear nothing, and my neighbors’ Bengali cats Do not dare go out of my house as it is lurking. ”
Another woman posted a picture of her bloody hand and said, “This squirrel is not very nice at all, it just got me when I collected my recycled bags. Let’s just say it had me well and properly, little s ** *. “
The 48-hour tyranny was finally brought to an end on Monday when it was caught in a humane trap by 65-year-old Corrine Reynolds. Locally known as the “bird lady”, she had been feeding the animal since the summer. Despite becoming friends with the creature, Corrine decided to act after being bitten in the hand herself.
She said: “I was only bitten once, but he had suddenly started to see me and had literally laid it down in the garden up on my leg and on my shoulder. To be honest he gave me cause for concern over his unusual behavior.
‘Then I saw all the Facebook posts and realized it was actually dangerous. I know there are different attitudes to me catching it, but when you can not go out into your backyard for fear of being attacked, it is not good.
“I have an elderly resident on blood-thinning drugs and a two-year-old grandson who also plays in the garden, so I could not risk harm to any of them.”
After she failed to contact animal rescue organizations, Stripe was put on death row. Corinne, who works as a home carer, asked vets to put him to sleep as it is illegal to expose gray squirrels back into the wild.
She then launched a fundraising appeal to pay for the £ 110 fee.
“For me, wanting to put an animal to sleep was a step that was not taken lightly,” she said.
“But I do not expose my grandson to being bitten by a squirrel that just throws itself out for an attack.”
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Stripe appeared to have been given a reprieve when the RSPCA later stepped in to say it would take the annoying creature. But when veterinary veterinarians examined him, he was killed. Corinne said it was a sad ending, but she suspects he had an underlying condition: “I told the RSPCA guy that I was wondering if he might have a disease, maybe a tumor or growth, because his behavior in the last week was worrying. ”
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