A squirrel is haunting a Seattle city park, taking Cheetos from unsuspecting people

People are scared of a hungry squirrel named Kevin (not pictured).

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People are scared of a hungry squirrel named Kevin (not pictured).
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  • Seattle park-goers live in fear that they will cross paths with a squirrel named Kevin.
  • Kevin, a female squirrel, has a hearty appetite for artificially cheesy snacks.
  • She’ll stop at nothing to get them.
  • Kevin has been described as “not aggressive” but she will dig through strollers, bags, and even hands to get to snacks.
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Some things go bump in the night. But others scurry around in the daylight, looking for cheese-flavored snacks. Among the latter group is Kevin, a squirrel who is best-known around Discovery Park in Seattle, Washington, Fox News reported.

Kevin, a female squirrel, “rules over the playground at Discovery Park,” according to a post in a private community Facebook group reviewed by KUOW.

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And when she’s on the prowl she’s looking for one thing and one thing only: Cheese-flavored snacks. It could be crackers, chips, or even Cheetos. Kevin has no preference when it comes to snacks – but she is decidedly not interested in fruits of vegetables.

She also knows no boundaries, according to KUOW.

One woman said the squirrel once climbed up her leg to get popcorn out of her hands, according to the NPR-affiliate. Additionally, the animal has been known to pry open bags or poke holes in containers.

Although one grandparent told Q13 News. that the animal is “not aggressive,” others have harrowing tales.

“She’ll go through zippers, tear through backpacks, strollers, climb into the stroller… very dexterous,” a park-goer told Q13 News.

And they’re not the only one.

“That squirrel climbed into the stroller I WAS PUSHING and rummaged through everything,” JiaYing Grygiel said in a Facebook post reviewed by KUOW. “It wouldn’t leave, even with me freaking out and shaking the stroller. Luckily there was no baby in the stroller.”

According to Fox, some parents shoo the animal away. But some think they need to be respectful of Kevin, as the park is where she dwells.

“This is Kevin’s home,” the parent told Fox News. “We need to be smarter about it than [just] shoo Kevin away.”

But not everyone is a fan of Kevin. Jennifer Wright told KUOW that her 4-year-old son has had a nightmare about the animal and prefers not to see her at the park.

“It’s a little annoying for parents,” Wright said. “My son is apprehensive about coming to the park – ‘Mom, I don’t want to see the squirrel. We shouldn’t bring snacks to the park.'”