A Florence, South Carolina woman was attacked in her yard by a squirrel last Saturday. Joyce Linton was in her front yard, minding her own business, when a squirrel ran up her leg and bit her.
“I walked under the big tree we have out there and all of a sudden, this squirrel comes at me and grabs onto my leg like a cat,” Linton said. “I started screaming and shaking my leg, trying to get it off of me. I was screaming to my daughter to get the children inside. I fell to the ground then finally got it off and went running toward the door, and it started chasing me. I don’t know why it came after me. I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary.”
Once Linton was safely inside she told her husband what had happened. Linton’s husband when to the front door and the squirrel charged up the steps towards him.
“He came at my husband like, ‘You want some, too?’ It was crazy. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Linton said.
While her husband threw rocks at the squirrel, who didn’t budge, Linton called the police.
Linton was bitten and scratched on the back of her thigh. She was treated at a local hospital. Meanwhile, officers with the Florence Police Department and Department of Natural Resources were at her house, dealing with the squirrel that attacked her.
“The officers shot the squirrel, and it was sent to environmental services to be tested for rabies and other diseases,” Florence Police Maj. Carlos Raines said.
Raines said squirrel attacks are definitely not a typical occurrence in Florence.
Fortunately, Linton said, officials with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control notified her Tuesday that the squirrel that bit her tested negative for rabies.
With the good news in hand, Linton said she feels better about the situation but is still a bit apprehensive about squirrels.
“I’m not going to let it scare me too bad,” she said. “I’m still a little nervous when I see one, but it’s getting better. It’s just one of those crazy things you don’t think would ever happen. I’m not going to let this make me crazy, but I’ll probably be a little more cautious around them.”
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