Squirrels have long been known as nature’s petty criminals, often seen stealing birdseed from feeders and getting muddy paw prints all over freshly washed car windows.
But one squirrel in the cozy Texas neighborhood of Cypress has graduated to outright physically attacking helpless victims, sending at least two women to the hospital so far.
While the squirrel’s antics were initially seen as innocent and playful by local residents, things took a quick turn for the worst after a woman tried to dissuade the bushy-tailed bully from tearing the screen off her front door one fateful morning.
“When I stepped outside the door he leaped on me and bit my arm, I pulled him off, threw him to the ground, and tried to get in the house,” Sharlene French-Amezquita told local news channel KPRC. “I couldn’t get in the house because he came back, he bit this leg.”
Later that day, she had to receive stitches for the deep wounds at a local hospital.
“We usually don’t go outside in the daytime because he comes out in the daytime,” she said.
Another woman, Katie Herrara, was also attacked by the squirrel.
“It’s scary,” Herrera said. “I’m just very grateful that it actually attacked me and not my children.”
Both animal control and Texas Parks & Wildlife have been contacted about the squirrel, but say they can’t help bring it to justice (in this case, most likely relocating it) until it’s been trapped.
Until then, the community has no other choice but to live in the squirrel’s shadow, wondering who will be next.