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  •  Thanks everyone! (23+ / 0-)

    Just as I was reading this I heard a commotion and discovered Chippy (I know, I know ...) running around trying to find a way out.

    Unfortunately, cats weren't quarantined so they went in hot pursuit. They are now in quarantine and the back door is open. Hoping the little dear will scamper out shortly but he's probably terrified again.

    In the past I've used the towel trick to great success. This is the first time that I failed and a critter took up active residence, going on 48 hours now.

    A friend has a have-a-heart trap so that's next if this doesn't work.

    "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

    by annan on Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 12:13:13 PM PDT

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    •  The trap is set ... (4+ / 0-)
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      Quarantine didn't work so I set the have-a-heart trap with nuts. Covered it with a blanket. Hoping to have Chippy in captivity before the break of dawn.

      "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

      by annan on Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 06:01:57 PM PDT

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      •  The rest of the story ... (0+ / 0-)

        It took longer than expected ... in the early hours of the morning Pablo chased Chippy into the fireplace where it turns out there is a small hole around the trim that leads to a deep hole under the fireplace. For hours I listened to Chippy trying to get out. From the sounds of things, it was clearly a sheet metal hole and he was probably a good 12" down.

        Resigned to the idea of death permeating our house for a few days, my brain starting whirling in the background as I worked on other things. Suddenly an Indiana Jones solution popped into my head: throw a rope down!!

        So I found a braided line, snaked it down the hole, tied it to the fireplace tools and went back to work. All was quiet for the longest time. Suddenly Pablo was on the move again and I heard a loud squeak ... Chippy made it out and was now in the stack of firewood.

        I moved the trap closer and went back to work while both cats coralled Chippy near the trap. Wham! Down went the door. Success in broad daylight. Shortly after 4pm Chippy was set free in the woods.

        A friend told me that she had a chipmunk who took up residence with 3 dogs and 2 cats. She would chase him out one door and he would circle around and come back in the other door. Smart creatures. Glad this story had a happy ending.

        "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

        by annan on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 05:14:00 PM PDT

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