Michelle Frederick was left covered in blood after being attacked by an aggressive squirrel outside her home in Queens, New York (Pictures: WCBS)
A woman was left covered in blood after being mauled by an aggressive squirrel she likened to an MMA cage fighter. Michelle Frederick, from Queens in New York, still has bruises after the furry rodent launched on her outside the front door of her home last week.
Frederick said: ‘We’re wrestling in the snow and there’s blood everywhere and my fingers getting chewed and it won’t let go. Eventually, it just stopped and there I was a big bloody mess.’
She added: ‘You hear someone has been bitten by a squirrel, you’re like “Okay, you got a little nib, what’s the deal?” But this was – this was an MMA cage match! And I lost!’ A security camera captured the gory attack, and showed the squirrel latched on to Frederick’s hand.
Neighbor Vinati Singh has also been menaced by an animal believed to be the same squirrel, which she says pounced as they recorded it on their mailbox.
Singh, who says the squirrel has also chased her husband twice, told WCBS: ‘These squirrels are aggressively going after people.
‘He basically grabbed onto the plastic bag that I had, 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.’
She has been treated for rabies as a precaution.
A third neighbor, Licia Wang, says she was left ‘screaming’ and ‘crazy’ when a squirrel jumped on her back and nipped her arm.
The squirrel’s victims have called New York City’s Department of Health, who advised them to hire a licensed trapper.
They have done so – but the rogue squirrel has so-far managed to evade their attempts to capture it.
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