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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Squirrel In The Chimney


A Squirrel In The Chimney
A post by Susie @ http://peakedinjuniorhigh.blogspot.com/ got me to thinking about squirrels.  They are fascinating creatures.  I like watching them climb, fight, run along wires and I even like watching them steal food intended for birds.  They are fun to watch…outside.

A bunch of years ago I had a squirrel visit me inside the house.  I don’t like watching squirrels inside the house.

I was minding my own business watching a Yankee game when I heard a thump in my chimney.  Then I heard scrapping as if something was trying to climb up the chimney. 

This couldn’t be good. 

I slowly went to the fireplace, gingerly opened the flue and jammed closed the fireplace screen.  A minute later, a small squirrel, clinging to the flue peered head first right at me. 

This was not good.

The squirrel was going nowhere, but neither was I.  I knew that left alone a squirrel would quickly find a way through the fire screen and I would have a climbing screeching scratching biting creature in my home.

That would not be good.

Using chairs, cushions, pillows and whatever I could find to use as a barrier, I formed a path from the fireplace imprisoned squirrel to the back door.  I opened the door, and I crept to the fireplace, where the squirrel was getting…well squirrelly.  Using the fire poker, I reached out and pulled the screen back.

If this worked it would be good.

The squirrel cautiously peeked though the open screen, looked at me, looked at the open door, paused some more and then made a mad dash to freedom.  I followed him to the door and slammed it shut right behind him.

That was good.

The Yankees lost.

That was bad.  

19 comments:

  1. Squirrels can cary Rabies. good thing you like to look at them from a distance. They are cute and curios from a distance, like you said.

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  2. How ingenious. I probably would have blocked the whole thing and let figure out how to go back the way it came in.

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  3. Funny. Lucky you. Would not want a squirrel in my home as they are worse than rats!!

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  4. Glad you got the squirrel out of your house! Surprisingly we don't have them here in Prescott; not sure about that. I do remember a neighbor where we used to live. He fed birds and the squirrels invaded. He would capture the squirrels and relocate them. Not soon after they would return. It was a vicious cycle of relocating, returning, etc. (If I told this story before, forgive me, senior moments)

    betty

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  5. What a bittersweet day. Bwahahahahahaha.

    Have a fabulous day Cranky. ☺

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  6. Funny. I love to watch what Lawdog calls "tree rats" One was completely inside a slender bird feeder except for the tail. They come for the black walnuts in my yard and squeal at my cats.

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  7. A blogger friend from many years ago used to write the best posts about his battles with squirrels in his attic. They were epic!

    I can't believe your squirrel was smart enough to take your pre-made path. I picture him scampering up the drapes and watching you from the top of a window!

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  8. Are squirrels worse to have in your home than Jehovah's Witnesses?

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  9. Now that was really clever but I am still surprised it worked so well. You lucked out on that one.
    I too love to watch them. They are nature's cleverest athletes.

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  10. Excellent work. We had a pet squirrel for a while. Don't do that.

    Sorry the Yankees lost, that's never good.

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  11. Did you know that squirrels bark just like dogs? I didn't but my sisters cat brought one in and let it go in the downstairs loo where it hid behind the pedestal and barked at her. Eventually her 13 year old son just picked it up by it's scruff and carried it outside. I think the squirrel was too surprised to do anything.

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  12. You're such a softy, making an exit tunnel for him.

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  13. That squirrel for fortunate to have encountered YOU and not some guy wielding a bat.

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  14. Thank goodness it was during a Yankees game, and not during your Christmas party.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jdyo4evwMxU

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  15. What a clever and kind-hearted thing to do!

    I once had a co-worker who encountered a squirrel that had been killed in a parking lot accident. It turned out the dead squirrel had four squirrel babies, so the co-worker scooped up the babies and brought them to work. Turned out the babies had fleas, so some other co-workers complained. She had to leave work early and took them home and for a few weeks we got daily updates on how the babies were doing (not all of them survived).

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  16. We have floor to ceiling windows in our living room and squirrel feeders outside. Each morning it's like watching a circus. But having one inside the house would not be something I'd enjoy:)

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  17. Glad you got it out successfully! I can't imagine the mayhem a squirrel loose in the house could cause.

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