Squirrels have bitten to death a stray dog which was barking at them in a Russian park, local media report. Passers-by were reportedly 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.
Black squirrels look evil. Red squirrels are cuter than the greys I see around town, but I haven't seen one of those in years. They are smaller and more delicate than greys. Thetford Forest used to have reds, and Brownsea Island is a grey-free haven. I found a grey in my gutter a few weeks ago, both cats watching it from the window. Quantum wants to eat squirrels.