When Chicago alderman Howard Brookins Jr. lashed out against squirrels in an October City Council meeting, he had no idea he would wind up in the hospital just a few weeks later at the paws of one of the wily rodents.
As reported by the Star Tribune, Brookins spoke out about squirrels eating through garbage carts, causing the city at least $300,000 in damages. “It’s a pet peeve. It does invoke some giggles. But we are spending too much money on replacing garbage carts because the squirrels continue to eat through ’em,” he said at the meeting.
Then, on Nov. 13, as Brookins was biking along a Calumet trail, a squirrel shot out of nature and into the spokes of Brookins’ bicycle. Brookins flipped over the handlebars, hitting the pavement with enough force to fracture his skull, break his nose and knock out several teeth. A full recovery is expected to take months.
“I can think of no other reason for this squirrel’s actions than that it was like a suicide bomber, getting revenge,” Brookins jokingly told reporters. His chief of staff, James Ramos, said Brookins was “in very good spirits” despite his “heavy damage.”
As of yet, no squirrel group has taken responsibility for the attack.