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'Suicide bomber' squirrel sends anti-squirrel politician to hospital

A squirrel snacks on a peanut while sitting in a tree outside the federal courthouse in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

A squirrel snacks on a peanut while sitting in a tree outside the federal courthouse in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

A Chicago politician was seriously injured when he crashed his bike into a squirrel — and he wonders if the smash-up was an act of rodent “revenge.”

Howard Brookins Jr., an alderman for the city’s 21st ward, was biking along Cal-Sag Trail on Nov. 13 when the squirrel cut him off at the path, and got wrapped in the spokes, causing the alderman to flip over the handlebars.

Brookins Jr., 53, suffered a fractured skull, broken nose and handful of missing teeth, according to the Chicago Tribune.

But it was weeks before the accident, when Brookins Jr. believes his fate was sealed.

Read more at the New York Post.