FAMILIES have been left too scared to leave their homes after a bloodthirsty SQUIRREL attacked 18 locals in just 48 hours.
The rogue grey squirrel – which has been nicknamed “Stripe” by locals after the evil character from The Gremlins film – began terrorising locals in Buckley, North Wales, last week.
The squirrel terrorising residents of BuckleyCredit: SWNS
Scott Felton shows his squirrel injuries – he was bitten on Boxing DayCredit: SWNS
Sheree Davidson posted a photo of her hand after she was bittenCredit: Sheree Davidson
Sheree Davidson, 42, had her hand bitten by the critter on Thursday morning.
She told Leader Live: “This squirrel is not very nice at all, it’s a nutty squirrel. He’s a bit of a psycho, he’s had five or six of my neighbours.
“He had me when collecting my recycling bags. He jumped out from behind my green bin, so whether he was trying to get food and thought I was going to take it away.
“Lets just say it had me good and proper, little s***. I’ve got teeth marks on the top and bottom of my finger.
“It proper latched on and I had to shake it off. He’s taken the top layer off my knuckle. His teeth are like pins.
“If my finger doesn’t stop bleeding tomorrow I’ve got to go for a tetanus.”
She added: “I’ve got a five-year-old myself, and she usually plays out back with her friends.
But I’ve had to say ‘sorry, babe, you can’t go out until something has happened with it’. It’s gone wild.”
After attacking several people, one local managed to capture the squirrel and it has now been collected by the RSPCA.
Corinne Reynolds, who kept the squirrel in a cage in her back garden, said the people of Buckley were “now breathing a sigh of relief” now they were safe again.
She started feeding the same squirrel since the summer after taking in rescue birds and animals to look after.
She added: “After I realised that other residents on Facebook had been attacked by the squirrel, we tried to band together to raise money for it to be taken away by a vet.
“Last night, we had gone over our £110 target, I was getting donations left, right and centre to help put him to sleep.
“But, this morning, I was getting ready to take the squirrel to our local vets. I was loading the car and had the caged squirrel inside a black bin, just in case it tried to escape again.
“Then, out of the blue the RSPCA turned up, they must have got hold of what was happening to people in Buckley.
“I had the squirrel in my hand and I couldn’t not give it to him – he has gone to a local RSPCA vets. Which one, I don’t know, they didn’t say.
“The handover was frightful. I had to transfer the squirrel from the cage to the RSPCA in my bathroom – we couldn’t risk it escaping outdoors again.
“It was quite funny, we were on our knees in the bathroom on the floor trying to do the handover. It was the longest 15 minutes of my life.
“It probably went to Wrexham RSPCA, but I am not 100 per cent. I explained what the squirrel had done to people in the area.
“He didn’t say what they we’re going to do with it – whether they are going to investigate or put it to sleep.
“He did say with incidents like these, there could be an underlying issue – I suspected a tumour or growth which may have affected his brain.
“As it is a wild animal, I think it is standard procedure to check.
“But, as funny as this story may seem, it is a welcome relief. I feel it is now safe to go in my garden.
“It has not been nice for me, and others, to scan their garden before they can even go out.
“If I want to clean my rabbit out, I had to let all four of my dogs out first.
“It has been quite a scary time for the area.
“The amount of messages I have had from people offering to help has been quite amazing – they are grateful that I captured it. A lot a good has come out of this.
“I did feel incredibly harsh doing what I did, by putting it in a cage, but when people didn’t feel safe in their garden, I had to do it.
“We even called him Stripe, because he reminded me of the character from The Gremlins.
“We were not safe. But it is all over now, thank God.
“A few people in Buckley are certainly breathing a sigh of relief.”
Corinne Reynolds, 65, started feeding the same squirrel since the summer after taking in rescue birds and animals to look after.Credit: SWNS
Locals were left with gruesome injuriesCredit: SWNS
An RSPCA inspector arrives to remove Buckley’s agressive squirrelCredit: SWNS