Tuesday, June 19, 2007 :::
A kind acquaintance named Noelle sent me this lovely article because she knew that it would interest/scare-the-shit-out-of me due to my past experiences with squirrels (reference #1, #2, #3, etc.). But rather than scare me, it even more so impressed me, because damn if that squirrel wasn't the neighborhood bad ass:
BERLIN (Reuters) - An aggressive squirrel attacked and injured three people in a German town before a 72-year-old pensioner dispatched the rampaging animal with his crutch. The squirrel first ran into a house in the southern town of Passau, leapt from behind on a 70-year-old woman, and sank its teeth into her hand, a local police spokesman said Thursday. With the squirrel still hanging from her hand, the woman ran onto the street in panic, where she managed to shake it off.
The animal then entered a building site and jumped on a construction worker, injuring him on the hand and arm, before he managed to fight it off with a measuring pole. "After that, the squirrel went into the 72-year-old man's garden and massively attacked him on the arms, hand and thigh," the spokesman said. "Then he killed it with his crutch." The spokesman said experts thought the attack may have been linked to the mating season or because the squirrel was ill.
To help you visualize what I'm sure must have been a grizzly scene, this is what I picture the squirrel to look like in the midst of his bloody rampage:
Look at him, so confident and full of determination, only to be done in by an old man's crutch. It's almost ironic, or poetic, or TERRIFYING ENOUGH FOR ME TO WET MYSELF.
::: posted by dan at 9:03 PM :: [ link ] :: (16) comments
16 previous comments:
why is the squirrel doing a "batman" pose?
By angie, at 10:18 PM
just glad the bloody nips aren't showing.
I'd heard that German gardeners were intense.
By , at 8:39 AM
By , at 8:43 AM
Ok, I now officially REALLY hate squirrels.
By Trudy, at 9:12 AM
Thanks Dan, I'm honored that you posted the article I sent.
By , at 11:08 AM
Ha! That happened pretty close to where i live. it's a sign of the times - it is the beginning of the war of animals against humans... beware mankind, beware - gather arms and start building forts!
By Richard, at 11:24 AM
As a lifetime squirrel-phobe, I just gotta say...ewwwwww!!!!
Time to start building the bunker!aquhkns
By Silver Frog, at 12:04 PM
The only thing that could have possibly made this better, would be it the 72 year old pensioner had dispatched the squirrel with his crotch, instead of his crutch.
By , at 5:07 PM
Nice pic.... it looks like the batman....
By Chungsiew O, at 11:38 AM
Where's our animated GIF man??? I need it! I need it bad!
By , at 4:38 PM
Oh...APPARENTLY it's Thursday.
By , at 4:40 PM
Dan, check out this link for your squirrel remedy:
By CampBlood, at 2:57 PM
All squirrel, all the time on USA Today apparently...
By , at 9:07 AM
I'm amazed at this squirrelphobia. Squirrels are great fun at best, harmless at worst. I've had lots of fun feeding them, where they crawl all over you, dig into your pockets, gently take food out of your hand. Never had a problem.
By , at 10:11 PM
People just don't understand how frightening squirrels are. No one ever believes me that they eat flesh.
I am now going to have nightmares about squirrels running up my back and barking.
My experiences with the demons...
A Blog of a Good Time: In honor of Squirrel Awareness Week
By Julie_Gong, at 10:31 AM
I think this squirrel and the Dramatic Prairie Dog from YouTube have a beautiful future together.
By PeaceBang, at 6:56 PM
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