‘Psycho’ squirrel leaves 18 hurt after going nuts in 48 hour rampage

A ‘psycho’ squirrel left 18 people with injuries after going on a 48-hour rampage through a normally quiet village.

The rogue rodent launched at pensioners and children outside their homes in North Wales.

Some residents claim they were even got chased down the street by the angry animal, nicknamed ‘Stripe’ after the evil character in the Gremlins film.

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But peace has once again been restored after a brave gran captured Stripe and called in the RSPCA on Monday.

Locals had taken to social media to warn others to stay out of his way.

“Warning, vicious squirrel that attacks,” one resident posted on Facebook.

“Has bitten me, attacked my friend …. and multiple other people.

“It’s also attacked my two Bengals, who fear nothing, and my neighbors’ Bengal cats.

“Dare not go out of my house, as it’s lurking ….”

One resident’s injuries after being attacked by rogue squirrel Stripe

Another victim posted a picture of her bloodied hand, saying: “This squirrel is not very nice at all, he’s a bit of a psycho, just had me when collecting my recycling bags.

“Let’s just say it had me good and proper, little s ***.”

Corrine Reynolds, known locally as the ‘bird lady’, had been feeding the animal since the summer.

The 65-year-old gran-of-nine had befriended the creature, but she decided something had to be done about his aggression after she was bitten on the hand herself.

“I only got bit once but he had suddenly taken to seeing me and literally legging it down the garden up my leg and on my shoulder,” she explained.

“To be honest, he was giving me cause for concern with his unusual behavior.

“Then I saw all the Facebook posts and realized it was actually dangerous.”

She captured Stripe and took him to the vets to be put to sleep

She added: “I know there are differing views on me capturing it but when you can not go out in your back garden for fear of being attacked, it’s not good.

“I have an elderly lodger on blood-thinning drugs and a two-year-old grandson playing in the garden too, so I could not risk injuries to either of them.”

Corinne asked vets to put Stripe the squirrel to sleep, as it is illegal to release gray squirrels back into the wild, and launched a fundraising appeal to pay for the £ 110 fee.

“For me to want to put to sleep an animal was a step not taken lightly,” she said.

“But I’m not putting my grandson at risk of getting bitten by a squirrel who just lunges for an attack.”

The RSPCA later stepped in to take the pesky critter, but vets at the animal charity decided to euthanize Stripe after an examination.

Corinne said it was a sad end but she suspects he had an underlying condition.

“I told the RSPCA guy that I was wondering if maybe he had an illness, perhaps a tumor or growth, because his behavior in the last week was worrying.”

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