NOVATO, CA — An elderly couple in California was attacked by a squirrel that got into their garage. The battle with the animal sent them both to the hospital.
Richard Williams, 87, was doing chores in his garage the afternoon, when a squirrel slipped through the open door. They shared the story of the attack with KPIX-TV.
“All of the sudden he charged me and jumped, and from then on, the battle started.” said Richard Williams.
The struggle got bloody fast.
“He was really vicious. He was clawing and scratching and I was trying to get him off. And I finally, every time I’d get him off, he’d jump back up again.” said Richard Williams.
The squirrel tore his head, arms and legs, smashing his glasses.
“Norma heard me screaming.” said Richard Williams.
“So I grabbed the broom and picked it up and I guess I hit the squirrel with it.” said Norma Williams.
“And then he jumped her. I was able to grab him by the tail, threw him on the garage floor and he seemed stunned.” said Richard Williams.
“He’s lost most of his breath and he collapsed over the hood of his car.” said Norma Williams.
A neighbor rushed the husband and wife to the hospital. Both got dozens of shots, including vaccines for rabies and tetanus.
The same squirrel is suspected of attacking five others in two weeks, including a teacher and student at pleasant valley elementary. It could be that the squirrel has been fed and it’s not afraid of people.
Humane Society officers say they posted warning flyers.