Squirrels have bitten to death a stray dog which was barking at them in a Russian park, local media report. Passers-by were too late to stop the attack by the black squirrels in a village in the far east, which reportedly lasted about a minute. They are said to have scampered off at the sight of humans, some carrying pieces of flesh. A pine cone shortage may have led the squirrels to seek other food sources, although scientists are sceptical. The attack was reported in parkland in the centre of Lazo, a village in the Maritime Territory, and was witnessed by three local people. A “big” stray dog was nosing about the trees and barking at squirrels hiding in branches overhead when a number of them suddenly descended and attacked, reports say.

“They literally gutted the dog,” local journalist Anastasia Trubitsina told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper. “When they saw the men, they scattered in different directions, taking pieces of their kill away with them.” Mikhail Tiyunov, a scientist in the region, said it was the first he had ever heard of such an attack.

Komosmolskaya Pravda notes that in a previous incident this autumn chipmunks terrorised cats in a part of the territory. A Lazo man who called himself only Mikhalich said there had been “no pine cones at all” in the local forests this year. “The little beasts are agitated because they have nothing to eat,” he added.

Carnivorous squirrels, what next?

  1. Matt says:

    Haha. Thats some crazy stuff. Love the picture.

  2. Uilleam says:

    I predict a SciFi movie of the week is already in development.

  3. Froggmann says:

    Slow news day? This story is from December 2005!

  4. edwinrogers says:

    McCullough wrote, “Carnivorous squirrels, what next?”

    Killer Bunnies!

  5. amodedoma says:

    Carnivorous squirrels, I think not! However, anybody that’s worked outside with cables will tell you these nasty little rodents will attack, especially if there’s a nest nearby. Add to that, they’re hungry. Sounds like the plot to a B movie. I’d carry a weapon just in case. Bring forth the holy handgrenade!

  6. Phillep says:

    Sure, squirrels eat meat. Usually birds, nestlings (and eggs, of course), mice, and carrion. This incident was the first pack behavior I ever heard of.

    (We also have examples of deer eating birds and fish, sheep eating birds, and elephants eating antelop and humans.)

  7. JimD says:

    Squirrels eat Dog ? Nah, Russkies suffering from Cabin Fever/SAD pulling Capitalist Pig Leg !!! Guess they ran out of Vodka !!!

  8. admfubar says:

    #4 they just need a holy hand grenade.

  9. anonymous says:

    Death to squirrels! No one kills a dog and gets away with it!

  10. Little Johnnie says:

    Must be survivors from Chernobyl…

  11. Ho-Lip Tex says:

    C’mon, now. Say it with me:

    “In Soviet Russia, squirrel kill dog!”

    This story just proves that all those silly clichés are true!

  12. tcc3 says:

    Little Johhny:

    I missed the part where it said they killed the dog with eye beams.

  13. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    Damn Commie Squirrels!

  14. Raff says:

    Thats as bad as the cow that eats chickens.


  15. Marc says:

    Now I know why the squirrels laugh at my cat.


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