Like the rest of the country, New Yorkers have dealt with a lot this year. But rampaging squirrel attacks probably wasn’t on anybody’s list on how to end the year.
A squirrel has gone nutty. And people in a Queen’s neighborhood live in fear of its next attack. This may seem like a bad B-horror movie. Evils Squirrels: Back in the City, perhaps? But it’s no laughing matter for the residents now afraid to walk the sidewalks.
One Rego Park resident compared her attack to going toe-to-toe with an MMA fighter. The experience was just as bloody.
“It just basically runs up my leg and I’m like, ‘OK squirrel, hello — what are you doing?'” Micheline Frederick told ABC 7. “He either bit or scratched me on my neck and then I must have reached over and next thing I know, it’s a cage match and I’m losing.”
The creature bit Frederick a total of eight times and chewed up her pinky pretty badly. After the attack, Frederick went to the hospital where she received a rabies shot as a precaution.
The Squirrel Strikes Again
Frederick warned her neighbor, Licia Wang, about the rampaging squirrel. But like a horror movie villain, no amount of precaution or alertness kept the squirrel from its next victim. The creature attacked Wang next, and she struggled to shake the creature from her clothes.
“I tried to shake it off but I can’t, you know — because squirrels have claws, cling onto your winter jacket. There’s no way you can shake it off,” Wang told ABC 7.
Three other people have been attacked in the area since then. It’s unknown if it is the work of one squirrel or a group of them terrorizing locals. Residents say the city has refused to help them with the situation
The NYC Department of Health released the following statement: “The NYC Health Department received a complaint about an aggressive squirrel in Rego Park and advised the property owner to hire a New York State licensed trapper. Squirrels and many other small rodents are rarely found to be infected with rabies. If New Yorkers believe they have observed an animal infected with rabies, they should report it to 311.”
When the squirrel or squirrels strike next remains to be seen. But for now, a neighborhood is watching their backs for nature’s woodland friend.