This is not a Beatrix Potter’s story, this is real life in New York City. No one knows if it’s just one squirrel or a gang of them and why they have turned aggressive. It might be that they have caught rabies but that’s thought to be unlikely.
What we know is that a number of people have reported an attack by a small squirrel in the past few days. These people were simply walking and minding their own businesses when suddenly the Lone Squirrel came out of nowhere and bit them. A man actually reported that he ended up wrestling with the squirrel who wouldn’t let his finger go.
Apparently squirrels traps have been set up in the area, but so far no one has been captured.