Alton Towers squirrel banned from rollercoaster

Theme park bosses say they have been forced to ban a daredevil squirrel which enjoys riding roller-coasters, because of health and safety risks.

Staff at Alton Towers say the squirrel caused them constant headaches during the makeover of one of their rides, the Sonic Spinball roller coaster.

Each morning during testings the grey haired squirrel could be seen perched on the cars of the ride as it went round and he even got in the way of painting builders.

Bosses say they eventually had to ban him from the ride because if he stood on the tracks he was a danger to health and safety of riders… and himself.
The Staffordshire theme park has now installed alarms which emit a warning noise - inaudible to human ears - that they hope will ensure the squirrel avoids the ride for the foreseeable future.

A spokesperson for Alton Towers said: "We’re proud to welcome guests of all kinds to the Alton Towers Resort and strive to make their visit pleasurable.

"Unfortunately Sonic’s behaviour is a danger both to our guests and himself and so we’re doing all we can to ensure that he stays away from the ride.

"Banning a squirrel from a rollercoaster is certainly unusual, but I suppose there’s a first time for everything."


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