Vicious Squirrel Attacks & Injures 18 Residents During The Holiday

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According to the Evening Standard, many residents of Buckley, North Wales were absolutely terrified to leave their homes for days after a squirrel attacked multiple people in the community.

Authorities said that the sharp-toothed, grey-haired squirrel attacked at least 18 residents and animals before it was removed from the community by wildlife authorities.

The community nicknamed the squirrel Stripe after it attacked a few people on their patios and in their gardens, sending some of them to the hospital.

A resident shared a photo in a community Facebook group showing the crazy creature perched on the fence post.

“Warning, vicious squirrel that attacks,” Nicola Crowther wrote on her December 26 post in the Buckley Residents Facebook Group.

Nicola Crowther / Facebook

She also shared a zoomed-in, blurry version of the squirrel and said that it had bitten multiple people in the area.

“It’s also attacked my two Bengals, who fear nothing, and my neighbors’ Bengal cats,” Nicola wrote. “Dare not go out of my house, as it’s lurking. I’m afraid it needs shooting.”

Another resident Scott Felton commented in the group on how he was smoking a cigarette on his porch when Stripe attacked him out of nowhere.

“I thought it wanted feeding but it bit me before I even had a chance,” Felton wrote in the Facebook group. “I wouldn’t normally put something up like (post onto Facebook) but it was just so random and it well hurt. Had to go to the hospital to get a jab. Not that I wanted to.”

Fortunately, one of the residents Corinne Reynolds knew the squirrel’s weakness, which was peanuts, and stopped the rampage from continuing in her community.

“I think my bite wasn’t too bad because he knows me but when I saw the others all over Facebook,” Corinne told the Evening Standard. “I was shocked and realised I had to get him caught before it was a child. Those teeth could bite right through a child’s tiny finger.” 

Corinne Reynolds / Facebook

Corinne caught the critter and called the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), who took the animal into custody and later euthanized it due to its aggressive actions.

An RSPCA spokesperson told The Guardian that the decision was due to local laws in the region.

“We were incredibly sad to have to put this squirrel to sleep but were left with no choice due to changes in legislation in 2019 making it illegal to release grey squirrels back into the wild. We do not agree with this law and opposed it, but legally we have to comply,” the organization said.

Now with the squirrel not around to terrorize the community, the holiday season in Buckley will continue as normal.