So, one Friday, about a month ago, we come home and the house is destroyed. There are plants knocked over. Citrus eaten through with BIG teethmarks. Crackers all over the counter with rodent holes in the bag... THEN, we find dirt? and BLOOD all over the bathroom! The walls, floor, window, ceiling even! We figure whatever was in the house has either escaped or been eaten by the cats. Once we sit down to watch TV, we notice the cats are staring intently at the fireplace. Hmm... That wasn't dirt in the bathroom, it was ashes! We had accidentally left the floo open. Then the madness ensued. Nick closed the floo, trapping the animal in the chimney, and whatever was up there was MAD. It was growling and kicking the inside of the chimney. Nick went to the store and bought a live trap. He cleverly devised the trap below.
The unknown rodent entering the cage:
Biting and running and growling.... We have a video, and I'll post it once I can figure out how to do that.
Nick using the fireplace hook to transport the squirrel.
We called animal control and they said squirrels rarely carry rabies, so there was no need to get it tested (in case the cats came into contact with it). So, Nick and our friend Seth drove the squirrel to a park. Hopefully it won't find its way back into OUR house!