An aggressive squirrel has been terrorising New York residents and although it might sound funny at first, you might not think so once you see some of the harm it has been doing.
The squirrel has already attacked at least five people in Prospect Park, with the New York City Health Department warning anyone who was bitten by a squirrel in the last fortnight to get checked for rabies.
I'm staying inside today. @RobNelsonABC7 pic.twitter.com/UF552AxAoQ
- Richard Christy (@cwotd) July 23, 2017
One of its victims was just a kid, with 7-year-old María Guerrero saying it leapt up and sank its teeth into her arm.
#Squirrel attacks in #ProspectPark. 7yr-old María Guerrero says it leapt up, sank its teeth into her arm. 5 people attacked in 5 days. pic.twitter.com/9AJZy7FVMH
- N. J. Burkett (@njburkett7) July 23, 2017
Another man was bitten the same day. "It actually jumped on my arm and bit me," he told the NY Daily News. "I haven't been attacked by a squirrel (before), so it was kind of frightening."
Here's how Twitter reacted to the news of the rabid squirrel:
Reading these stories about the aggressive squirrel :chipmunk: in New York :joy: what the hell. Could you imagine that come on your tv as breaking news
- Shyann Desa (@shyyshyyy) July 25, 2017
Now there's an aggressive squirrel attacking folks in a New York park lol
- DeBurr (@kanadaDB) July 25, 2017
I can just see the memes about this aggressive squirrel in New York coming a mile away
- Flea St. Patrick (@NPickett_12) July 25, 2017
I thought he was just being a fun sucker. News of the aggressive squirrel in New York City has made me reconsider
- alyssa francus (@alyssamfrancus) July 25, 2017
#NewYork have warned people visiting #prospectpark in #Brooklyn to be on the lookout for an unusually aggressive squirrel (5 ppl attacked)
- Mariël Erwee (@MarihelRW) July 26, 2017
Before Steve visited New York, there wasn't an aggressive squirrel problem. Coincidence? I think not!
- Pete Lynch (@p8rlynch) July 26, 2017
To any readers in New York, stay safe guys.