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Potentially rabid squirrel goes on New York attacking spree

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Authorities in New York are warning of a particularly aggressive squirrel that has attacked at least five people in Prospect Park, located in the Brooklyn borough.

Officials said the squirrel bit the parkgoers between Tuesday and Thursday of last week near the Parkside and Ocean Avenue entrance to the park. 

The New York City Health Department is urging any visitors who've been bitten by a squirrel near the area -- after July 10th -- to get checked by a doctor in immediately. They're also encouraging pet owners to take their furry companions to the vet if they've also been attacked. 

Officials say squirrels are rarely infected with rabies, but because of the unusually aggressive behavior, they're assuming the animal is rabid.

The deadly rabies virus is transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. 

While the search is on for this specific squirrel, experts say it's likely that if it's rabid, it's already dead. 

Health officials say they have not identified any other rabid animal in Prospect Park or in any other parts of Brooklyn this year. 

Residents and visitors are being urged not to feed any animal in the park. 

Stories of animals going 'rogue' have not been confined to the U.S. side of the border this summer. 

In June, Canada Post had to suspend services in Vancouver, British Columbia, after a mail carrier was attacked multiple times by local phenomenon 'Canuck' The Crow.

Affected residents received an alternate location to pick up their mail after Canuck attacked the mail carrier so hard it drew blood. 

Canuck is well known across Canada thanks to his popular Facebook page, Canuck and I. Canuck was raised by a local resident while he was a hatchling, but was tagged and released once he could survive in the wild. He has since been spotted trying to steal a knife at a crime scene, and even taken a ride on the SkyTrain. 

With files from CBS2 via CNN Newsource, and Weather Network Digital Reporter, Hailey Montgomery

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