October 15th, 2008

Beware Of Cute (Wanda)

Danger! Attack Squirrel!

The tree rats get more brazen:

Squirrel Roughs Up Iraq Veteran In Park

Frank Garren is tough guy. The 6-foot, 4-inch former Army sergeant was awarded a Purple Heart after surviving a roadside bomb while deployed in Iraq in 2004. He knows about combat and quick reactions.

An angry squirrel is another matter, said Garren, who reported just such a run-in recently in Washington Park.

"You might expect a mugging in the park, but not to be attacked by a tree rodent," the 34-year-old Springfield resident said Monday. "I never thought a squirrel could kick my (behind)."

He said the animal, which Garren estimated weighed 2 to 3 pounds, pounced on his head after he simulated a squirrel call to get its attention Sunday afternoon.

Garren walked away with several scratches on his face and head, and a newfound respect for a squirrel's agility.


"I think next time I'll keep my distance," he said....