|7 Nov 2002 @ 05:21, by Eyes to the Skies UK|
A SQUIRREL which attacked six people in Knutsford,England has been shot dead by the grandfather of one of the victims.
It had been known to jump on to passers-by and scratch at them with its teeth and claws.
NUTTER SQUIRREL SHOT DEAD
But Geoff Horth has now hunted it down to a copse near to where the two-year-old was attacked and shot it with an air rifle.
The final straw came when the animal attacked two-year-old Kelsi Morley as she took a walk with her mother.
The girl stopped to admire the squirrel before it pounced on her face and sank its teeth into her forehead.
Kelsi's mother, Karen Morley, had to pin the girl to the floor and pull the animal off her face. The youngster was left bleeding heavily from a deep gash.
People of Knutsford, Cheshire, were reported to be living in fear following numerous unprovoked attacks by the grey squirrel.
Its other victims included a man who was attacked as he mowed the lawn and a woman who was bitten on the ankle as she walked along the street.
Kelsi's grandfather Geoff Horth was so incensed by the latest attack that he hunted down the animal to a nearby copse and shot it dead with an air rifle.
Mr Horth's wife today said: "When Geoff saw what had happened, he just wanted to put a stop to it. He said if it had bitten a child's face this time, what would it do next? He didn't want any more children getting hurt."