Cowell breaks silence over One Direction squirrel attack

Cowell breaks silence over One Direction squirrel attack

Cowell breaks silence over One Direction squirrel attack

First published in Wandsworth

The Battersea Park squirrel responsible for hospitalising One Direction star Niall Horan last week has found an unlikely ally - in Simon Cowell.

The Irish warbler has been limping around on crutches since he tore his knee ligaments as he tried to escape the 1kg terror.

The 19-year-old required surgery after the incident but had recovered sufficiently to appear on last Sunday night's X Factor, the show which catapulted the quintet to stardom two years ago.

During a radio interview, millionaire Horan described the terror-inducing rodent as "dangerous", a description rubbished by Mr Cowell... not the luxury yacht-loving media mogul, but the founder of Wildlife Aid Foundation.

Wildlife expert Mr Cowell MBE, said: "Squirrels are naturally alert and timid creatures. They are not used to humans.

"I suspect this squirrel had been captured because a completely wild one would not approach humans.

"However it is an offence to release a squirrel back into the wild once captured unless you have a special licence.

"They have been known to turn aggressive even after they have been bottle-fed as they don't like to be held."

Speaking of his torment on Capital FM Horan said: "A squirrel attacked me. I got attacked by a squirrel in Battersea Park. They're dangerous. It's rare.

"I've torn most of the ligaments in my knee. So no football for me, it's early retirement now. I've got a floating knee-cap."

The boy band's army of female teenage fans will have been shocked to learn that their hero was roughed-up by such a small and timid opponent, and comes in stark contrast to the actions of Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne who famously bit the head off a bat on stage in the 1970s.

In other squirrel news...

Battersea Park Children's Zoo have decided to improve the living conditions of their four-legged nutlovers.

The zoo have joined forces with a nearby estate agents who have invested £1,000 to refurbish the pens used by Prevost’s squirrels, also known as the Oriental or Beautiful squirrel.

In 2004, in the German town of Passau, a squirrel went on an alleged violent rampage when it attacked three people, including a young mum and a builder, before it was eventually beaten to death by a pensioner armed with a crutch.

Packs of black squirrels, found mainly in Russia and Eastern Europe, have been known to attack and kill large dogs.

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