A psycho squirrel went on a vicious two-day rampage in UK’s Buckley town, attacking 18 people before he was finally captured and euthanized.
The grey squirrel who was nicknamed Stripe after the character in the film Gremlins started biting people in Buckley, Flintshire, last week.
Corinne Reynolds had been feeding Spikes since March, described him as a “frequent and friendly visitor” to her garden.
At first, he came to steal bird food and Reynolds said: “All those months he’s been fine, he would even come and take a nut out of my hand.” But last week when she was feeding him in her garden Spike bit her, then she saw reports of other bites and attacks on the town Facebook page.
She added: “After I saw all those pictures of people’s injuries, I thought ‘oh my goodness, what’s happened to him?” Reynolds said, “because I knew him, I knew I was likely to catch him”.
“I only left the trap near the area I normally feed him for 20 minutes, and he was in,” she added.“I felt he did trust me, and I betrayed him.”
“Warning, vicious squirrel that attacks,” Nicola Crowther had posted in the Buckley Residents Facebook Group on December 26. “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,” she added. “Dare not go out of my house, as it’s lurking.”
Sheree Davidson was also bitten as she was taking out the recycling when the nutty squirrel jumped on her and bit her on the hand.
“I’ve got teeth marks on the top and bottom of my finger,” she exclaimed. “It properly latched on and I had to shake it off. He’s taken the top layer off my knuckle. His teeth are like pins.
Spike attacked the elderly, children, and pets alike, and bit them everywhere from their heads to their legs.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals took Stripe in after he was captured by Reynolds and, after being examined, he was euthanized.
A spokesman said: “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 oppose it, but legally we have to comply. There are numerous ways to humanely deter grey squirrels and we would urge people not to trap them as it is now illegal to release them into the wild and the only option is to put them to sleep.”