I've witnessed some strange things living in New Bedford, but this one might take the cake.

I take my dog Bella out for a walk around the West End of New Beige every day. We enjoy strolling through the cemetery where there's no vehicle traffic and rarely anyone else around. It's a peaceful walk, for the most part, until my dog spots a squirrel. Then, chaos ensues.

However, the squirrels are too quick for my dog's old age and end up scurrying up the tree before she can even make it close enough to attempt a catch. I believe she knows she'll never accomplish catching those pesky tree rats, but still enjoys trying.

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Over the weekend, as we were walking past an old tree, I heard the chattering of a squirrel close by. When I looked up, there was one staring straight into my soul. It was no more than 2 feet away from my face and seemed ready to throw hands.

I quickly grabbed my camera and captured a brief moment of this fearless little tree chicken's brave attempt to ward me away from his home.

My fiancee named him Charles a couple of years back when we first moved to New Bedford and he's annoying, to say the least.

Luckily for me, Charles climbed back up the tree and was never seen again. Such aggressive behavior is somewhat alarming and can only be described as unusual. Perhaps it was protecting a nest of babies, but I'd never seen anything like it before.

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I'm curious to know if this has happened to anyone else before. If so, should I be worried and call animal control? Or is the squirrel just being protective of its babies/nest? Email me at Gazelle@Fun107.com with your best insight.

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