Politician attacks 'aggressive squirrels' then is hospitalised after cycling into one in 'revenge attack'

Fractured skull for Chicago politician a month after condemning squirrels for gnawing bins

Chicago squirrels have been warned to stay clear of local politicians on bikes
(Image credit: Flick/Kevin Arscott)

In one of the most bizarre stories that you're going to read today, a Chicago politician has described the moment he was hospitalised after crashing into a squirrel as a 'revenge attack'.

Howard Brookins Jr., the alderman for Chicago's 21st ward, fractured his skull, lost a number of teeth, and broke his nose when when he fell from his bike after a squirrel ran into his path.

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The incident came only a month after Brookins had complained about the "aggressive squirrels" that were gnawing through the city's dustbin lids at a cost, causing damage in the region of $300,000.

Brookins may have been hospitalised, but it was a much worse ending for squirrel

Brookins may have been hospitalised, but it was a much worse ending for squirrel
(Image credit: Facebook/Alderman Howard B Brookins Jnr.)

Speaking to the Chicago Tribune (opens in new tab) after being released from hospital, Brookins saw the funny side of the accident.

"I can think of no other reason for this squirrel's actions than that it was like a suicide bomber, getting revenge.

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"Some lady came along the trail and found me lying there next to my bicycle and called 911. I only saw the squirrel when I came to and saw it stuck in the wheel."

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.