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Unsavory Squirrel Steals Cookie, Attacks Police Officer




It was a scene reminiscent of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, except this time the police had to get involved.

Luckily, for your entertainment value, it was all caught on a police officer's body camera.

They mayhem began when Brockport, New York, police were called to a residence for a report of a squirrel that, according to police, had "broken into the house" and was eating cookies in the kitchen. The unusual call quickly escalated when the squirrel resisted arrest and jumped on the officer.

Police said after it hit the officer in the chest, it ran out the door. But the cookie thief hadn't had enough, as it darted back inside the home before being cornered by police. 

"The squirrel was ultimately captured by officers and released without injury," the police department wrote on Facebook. "The homeowner was very relieved that their uninvited guest was set free."

"It's not funny, but it's funny," Susan Zinck, the unlucky homeowner, said of the incident, which has been viewed more than 350,000 times on Facebook and shared 4,000 times. "There's got to be something done about animals getting in my house." 

Zinck said the squirrel chewed through a bathroom wall, and the first sign of trouble was when her radio turned on. 

"I thought, 'what's going on?'" she said. "I looked out and this stinking squirrel is out here eating my cookies."

This isn't the first time we've seen some squirrel hijinks. In September, New Orleans police had to apprehend three aggressive squirrels, and in July, five people in New York reported being attacked by aggressive squirrels.

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