In eastern Sarasota, beware of the crazy squirrel.
The offending rodent has gone after four people, using its claws and teeth to injure his victims.
“I was walking, walked right here, I was standing right here, I was looking in the truck. It came running up the back side here,” said Robby Armstrong.
Armstrong’s security camera caught the Saturday sneak attack. “The squirrel ran behind me and jumped on my side, went down my shoulder, got on my elbow and just chomped on me,” said Armstrong.
The attack lasted only seconds, but the little guy did a number on Armstrong’s arm and elbow. “It just clawed me up all over here and bit me here and here, it’s deep. That’s where he came up here and bit me there and I just grabbed him and threw him on the ground,” he said.
There are plenty of squirrels and other wildlife living in this rural part of Sarasota County.
But Armstrong’s attacker is different.
A neighbor nursed the squirrel to health as a baby. “It was good with their kids but it just attacked the mom over there and the husband,” he said.
Recently, the same squirrel that got him, scratched his stepson. Armstrong recognizes him when he sees him. “This squirrel doesn’t have much hair on its tail ’cause the 6-year-old next door trimmed the hair on its tail, put it on Barbie’s head,” he said.
Armstrong named the squirrel “8-Up” after his race car and truck. “I love the animals, I mean, not when they attack me,” he said.
Armstrong used a BB gun to try to scare “8-Up” away. It didn’t work. He’s likely plotting his next attack.