A Vicious Squirrel Is Attacking the Residents of Bennington, Vermont

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Bennington, Vermont, is a historic town with a "progressive four-year liberal college" you may have heard of. It boasts numerous attractions, like antique shops, art galleries, covered bridges, walking tours. It is also home to an attack-squirrel. This is the stuff of our own college nightmares. The Bennington Banner reported from the scene:
An East Street man said he was minding his own business and shoveling snow away from the side of his house when he was attacked.

"All of a sudden I felt something on my back and shoulders, scratching," said Kevin McDonald, of 15 East Street.

It was a gray squirrel, said McDonald. He threw the animal off, but twice it jumped back onto his arms, delivering more scratches. Finally, it ran up a tree and McDonald retreated to his house.

After a bit of Internet research, McDonald found that squirrel attacks are rare, and that since he'd not been bitten, there was little chance of a rabies infection. But the next day, the squirrel was back, attacking his neighbor, who battled it with "a blanket and a metal pole." More people have since come forward to say they've also been a victim of the squirrel, making the entire somewhat humorous situation less humorous.

"I thought it was funny until I learned of two other people being attacked; then I thought it should be taken a little more seriously," McDonald said.

A local game warden says there isn't much to be done unless someone manages to catch the squirrel, which would then likely be killed and tested for rabies. But if the squirrel were rabid, it probably would have died already, which means...this squirrel may just be one nasty squirrel bastard.

Vermont Public Health Veterinarian Robert Johnson, who says there's never been a case of squirrel-to-human rabies, thinks the squirrel may have been raised as a pet and lost its natural squirrel-human fear, causing it to "'go ballistic' when it encounters people it doesn't recognize."

Count your blessings you live in New York City, friends. Those sorts of things just don't happen here.

Residents report attacks by squirrel [Bennington Banner]


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Evan
Evan

Squirrels can be a nightmare and I’ve had many issues with them in the past. I was able to call upon Wildlife Control, Inc. and they safely and humanely removed the squirrels from my home. You can visit their website at http://www.WildlifeControlMA.c...

VermontSquirrel
VermontSquirrel

This is just the start. I expect all residents to put out plates of tasty nuts near their doors or we will release the squirrel apocolypse!

Robert Snapp
Robert Snapp

Might it be related to the killer rabbit of Caerbannog?

Tomtucker
Tomtucker

That's the most foul, cruel and bad tempered rodent you ever set your eyes on!

Elaine
Elaine

"Count your blessings you live in New York City, friends. Those sorts of things just don't happen here."

Don't go into Madison Square Park then. The squirrels are so brave, they'll crawl right up your leg.

JackDGill
JackDGill

Was anyone actually bitten? If not, the squirrel wasn't "attacking." As a licensed wildlife rehabilitator specializing in squirrels, I can attest to the fact that if this squirrel were "vicious," the people it "attacked" would be bloody messes--not from scratches (of course they scratch as they climb over a person, but not intentionally. Agreed it was probably raised as a pet and later released. Now it's seeking food from sources it has been used to getting it--people. The squirrel should be captured, taken to a remote location, and released.

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