The Week in Animal News: Goat Kills Hiker, Squirrel Vandalism and More

Emma Grady

Emma Grady
Science / Natural Sciences
October 22, 2010

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Bright eyed and bushy tailed this squirrel may be, but in the community of North Swindon, England, a band of squirrels have been gnawing on car brake cables instead of acorns.

We also have the story of an abused goat that killed a hiker, a video showing shocking footage from the Taiji dolphin slaughter, and more in our roundup of the week's news from the animal kingdom.

Squirrels on the Rampage?

For about a month, North Swindon was plagued by a mysterious vandal. Numerous residents filed reports with the local police after discovering the brake cables in their cars had been severed by an unknown assailant.

But after an extensive investigation, the culprits were finally nabbed -- and they turned out to be a band of bushy-tailed squirrels with a taste for car parts.

Read the full story: Squirrels Blamed For a String of Car Vandalisms

Photo: Deanaero