A sadistic squirrel is waging a bloody assault against this Queens neighborhood, leaving some wounded people scared to go outside.
“Next thing I know it’s an MMA cage match and I’m losing,” Rego Park resident Micheline Frederick told ABC 7 of her recent experience being attacked by the rogue rodent. “It just basically runs up my leg and I’m like, ‘OK squirrel, hello — what are you doing?’”
The bushy-tailed beast “either bit me or scratched me on my neck,” Frederick said of the invasion that left her hands bloody and bruised on Dec. 21.
Since she had at least eight bites and her pinky finger was “pretty chewed up,” Fredericks told Patch that physicians at a nearby urgent care center sent her to the emergency room for rabies shots.
Afterward, she warned her neighbor, Licia Wang, about the looming threat.
Her message, however, was not sufficient: Despite being on the lookout, Wang too was brutalized by the animal.
“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 of her own recent run-in with the fluffy madman, which may be the same one that attacked Frederick.
Three other people — at least — have reported recent encounters with the blood-thirsty vermin near 65th Drive near Fitchett Street. It’s unclear if all the incidents were committed by the same single terror, or if a pack of squirrels is at work, but either way, residents now live in fear of being attacked.
“Worried for the children. That’s what most people are concerned about — it’s the kids,” said Frederick.
“When we leave the house, we have to carry mom’s homemade pepper spray to make sure, if It comes at us, then we spray it,” Anika Singh Sood, an eyewitness of the wild squirrel, told the local TV news crew, cracking up.
Sood’s mother recorded video of the rascal in action.
“It was so fast and he had his claws out. He hung on there. It’s not like he was jumping and jumping away; he was there,” Vinata Singh said of an incident where the rodent leapt onto her window guard, making her scream.
Despite the community’s pleas for help, the city merely recommended they hire a licensed trapper, which they did. So far, the fur monster remains on the lam.
“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,” the city’s Department of Health said in a statement. “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.”
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