Swimmer attacked by squirrel at Torquay’s Riviera Centre pool

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A squirrel sparked panic today after it dashed into a busy leisure centre before leaping in the pool and biting a swimmer on the finger.

The rodent ran inside the Riviera Centre in Torquay, Devon, before heading towards the pool area.

When lifeguards tried to coax him out the creature leapt into the water and paddled around the deep end for several minutes.

A swimmer tried to fish the squirrel out of the water but was bitten on the finger before the animal scampered off through a fire exit.

Photo by Tomi Tapio

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