A gray squirrel who attacked and injured eighteen people has been captured and put to sleep in Buckley in the United Kingdom. The animal was nicknamed Stripe, after the villainous character in the film Gremlins.
Stripe began attacking people last week and had already injured eighteen people within two days. Much to the chagrin of Corinne Reynolds, 65, who fed the animal since March and told that it was a” frequent and friendly visitor ” in her garden.
Stripe initially came to steal bird food. Reynolds said, ” all these months he’s been fine, he even came to take a nut out of my hand.” But she said he bit her last week when she fed him in her garden, and saw reports of other bites and attacks on the city’s Facebook page.
A woman who lives in the same neighbourhood reported to that she was attacked when she brought her boxes in, another told social media how he got a tetanus shot after being bitten by Stripe.
The regional animal ambulance took Stripe after Reynolds caught the animal. After an examination, he was put to sleep by a veterinarian. A spokesman told:
“We were incredibly sad that we had to put this squirrel to sleep, but we had no choice because of changes in legislation in 2019 that make it illegal to release gray squirrels back into the wild.”
“I think it’s sad that the squirrel lost its life, but I couldn’t do anything else,” Reynolds said. “The damage he did was incredible.”