A Rampaging Squirrel Attacked 18 Residents of a Welsh Village

The nut-hoarding squirrel is a common sight in suburban areas, where its fluffy tail and spasmodic sprinting are generally perceived as harmless, but for one Welsh village, the creature has taken on sinister connotations. Residents of Buckley in North Wales spent the Christmas holiday being attacked and intimidated by a tiny terror nicknamed Stripe. Over two days, the squirrel was said to have lunged at up to 18 people and numerous pets without provocation, biting to satiate its inexplicable bloodlust. Resident Corrine Reynolds said the squirrel was typically passive until recently. When she began hearing reports of local squirrel attacks on Facebook, she feared it was him. When he finally attacked her, Reynolds knew that it was Stripe. Knowing Stripe would eventually return, Reynolds set out a trap and then called animal control to retrieve him. Unfortunately, the squirrel had to be euthanized in order to adhere to local laws prohibiting releasing gray squirrels back into the wild. It’s not known whether Stripe was suspected of having rabies, though the CDC states that the disease is extremely rare in small rodents. While Reynolds was sad to hear of Stripe’s fate, she's happy that it's finally safe to go back into her garden.