An 'unusually aggressive' Brooklyn squirrel that attacked five people may have rabies

Warning about aggressive squirrel on attack in Prospect Park

Warning about aggressive squirrel on attack in Prospect Park

It's a sunny Saturday, and families are filling the park.

Five people have been attacked by an unusually aggressive squirrel while walking down the Parkside Avenue and Ocean Avenue alleys in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

"I wouldn't feed it any nuts", vowed one man speaking to CBS2.

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The city Health Department is putting out the warning on an "unusually aggressive squirrel" in Brooklyn's Prospect Park that's attacked and bitten five people. "Bites by these animals are usually not considered a risk of rabies unless the animal was sick or behaving in any unusual manner and rabies is widespread in your area".

Anyone bitten by the squirrel, or any pets with squirrel bites, should immediately get medical treatment, the department urged. "Squirrels are rarely infected with rabies; however, based on the unusual aggressive behavior, the Health Department is acting under the assumption that the animal is rabid", the department said in the statement. If the squirrel was indeed rabid, it must have already died, but other animals could have been infected as well.

Christopher Williams, who visits the park often, said he's not totally surprised.

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Park officials say it's biting New Yorkers.

Elizabeth Mangum, a mother of two, said her guard is always up. "People here fed them". Keep a safe distance from wildlife and never feed wild animals'. Most squirrel bites happen when someone is attempting to feed the animal and gets too close.

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