A BLOODTHIRSTY squirrel is attacking terrified residents – by running up their legs and chomping down hard on victims.
One terrorized woman said the crazed beast left her in a “big bloody mess” after launching an unprovoked “MMA cage match” style assault in New York City.
A woman was attacked by a vicious squirrel in Queens, NYC[/caption]
Micheline Frederick’s blood-covered hand in New York City borough’s Rego Park[/caption]
Evidence of the squirrel’s sharp teeth, above[/caption]
Dubbed the “serial squirrel”, the angry rodent has been rampaging in Queen’s Rego Park neighborhood.
WCBS-TV reported that the aggressive animal has jumped on many passersby and bitten them over the past several weeks.
One injured victim shared shocking pics of blood-splattered snow after she was “jumped on” and badly injured.
Micheline Frederick was even left with a bruise on her wrist, where she said the squirrel landed on her and then sank its teeth into her fingers and hand.
She said that she and the rodent started “wrestling in the snow” after it jumped on her.
There was blood flying “everywhere” and Micheline’s “fingers were getting chewed”.
But the fierce animal refused to “let go,” she said.
After leaving her bruised and wounded, “eventually, it just stopped and there I was a big bloody mess.”
A photo of the ‘fight scene’ shows a snowy pathway covered in her blood.
“This was an MMA cage match! And I lost!” she added.
Blood was left covering snow outside Micheline Frederick’s home[/caption]
Micheline Frederick pointed to a bruise on her wrist[/caption]
Hospital treatment was sought after the sudden street attack[/caption]
CBS Chicago reports that CCTV footage shows the squirrel latched on to her left hand with its sharp teeth.
Two other neighbors said the same feral squirrel had also recently jumped on them – seemingly unprovoked – before carrying out a similar aggressive attack.
Fellow victim Licia Wang said she had just been walking up to her home on 65th Drive when the animal suddenly pounced.
It jumped straight onto her back, before chomping into her arm.
Licia said she was left “screaming” for help because of the “crazy” animal.
She was so concerned about her injuries that she ended up getting treated for rabies as a precaution.
Another local resident, Vinati Singh, told the broadcaster that her family had been filming the rodent on their mailbox, when it turned on them.
Describing the critter as ‘aggressive’, she explained that her husband was attacked twice outside their Rego Park home.
Her husband explained that the squirrel “basically grabbed onto the plastic bag that I had [and] tried to climb up my leg.
“I was able to shoo them off. That was the first time. The second time was right here when I tried to get in.”
“These squirrels are aggressively going after people,” Vinati said.
The city’s Department of Health advised the neighbors to hire a licensed trapper.
But the cunning creature has so far managed to avoid being snared by the large metal traps.
The reason for the mad squirrel – or squirrels’ – aggressive behavior is not clear.
Metal traps have been placed in the neighborhood to catch the aggressive rodent[/caption]
Nuts have been left inside to tempt the angry animal[/caption]
Small rodents like squirrels rarely test positive for rabies and are not known to have transmitted it to humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
When CBS New York shared news of the attacks on Facebook, Jackie Torsiello joked: “Rogue squirrels and pizza rats. Welcome to New York!!”
Neil Martin said: “They want to know what’s causing it – the fact is people are not eating out and throwing food away, these animals are hungry that’s all.”
But Martha O’Connell reckoned it was “scary as hell”, while Joseph Samajean commented, “that’s nuts!”
The CDC says that “small rodents like squirrels are almost never found to be infected with rabies and have not been known to transmit rabies to humans”.
The majority of squirrels in New York City are eastern grey squirrels.
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The City of New York receives about 70 reports of squirrel bites each year, usually from people who have been feeding them, according to the Battery Park City Authority.
In 2019, officials looked into reports about squirrel bites in the Rockefeller Park Playground area.
NYC Health Department said back then: “Please do not feed or interact with wildlife in parks.
“Squirrels exhibiting aggressive behavior have usually been fed by humans before – and are looking to eat again, or feel threatened.”