Chicago politician Howard Brookins Jr. went on a public tirade against squirrels last month that may have come back to haunt him. In October, the alderman for Chicago's 21st ward ranted about "aggressive squirrels" which he said were terrorizing the city-supplied garbage cans. Then last week, Brookins survived a squirrel attack.

Coincidence? Probably. Either that, or squirrels are much smarter than we give them credit for and we should all be very, very afraid.


On November 13th, three weeks after his anti-squirrel tirade, the alderman was on a bike ride when a squirrel jumped in to the spokes of his bike causing him to flip over the handlebars, The Star Tribune reports. He was hospitalized with a fractured skull and injuries to his face and torso, but is recovering. "I am okay and I have been recovering in the hospital since the accident," he wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday.

The squirrel, however, did not survive the incident. RIP squirrel.

I am sorry to report that I will be unable to attend any Ward or neighborhood events for the near future as I was...

Posted by Alderman Howard B Brookins Jr on Sunday, November 20, 2016

Some news outlets were not explicit about the exact details of the squirrel attack, like the Chicago Sun Times who simply referred to it as a "freak accident." But Brookins told the Tribune he knows the truth. “I can think of no other reason for this squirrel’s actions than that it was like a suicide bomber, getting revenge,” he said.

Squirrels, if you're reading this, we at Someecards have nothing but respect for you and what you do with your spare time. Live and let live. Capiche?

Sources: Star Tribune