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I'm posting this in "pets" as at least ONE of you keep these tree rats for pets.

Squirrels. Is there anything they can't ruin?

Grey squirrels have caused hundreds of pounds of damage by gnawing through the ropes of the bells which have chimed since the 15th century.

Church bell-ringers will be silent at Christmas for the first time in centuries after their ropes were eaten - by squirrels.

St Erth Parish Church has held a festive service since the the 15th century but this year it will be silent - because of rodents in the belfry.

Church bell-ringers discovered its long pulling ropes lying on the floor - after the tops were chewed through by squirrels.

Verger Peter Pascoe, 71, is concerned that the church will not be able to perform the annual tradition.

Mr Pascoe has since installed a guard in the window to stop the squirrels getting in, but they have beaten it before and he fears the few remaining ropes may also be destroyed.
He says after finding the ropes he climbed the bell tower to closer inspect the damage and when he emerged at the top he noticed a grey squirrel dart out of the window.
Birds often nest in the bell tower but this was the first time that Peter had seen a squirrel had got in, and quickly realised that it had entered through a broken grill.
The squirrel had nibbled from one of the massive ropes, causing #400 worth of damage the ropes dangling from the tower.

Mr Pascoe quickly made some repairs to the grill, but is worried the squirrels will return and destroy the rest of the ropes - ruining the church's festive bell ringing tradition.
He said: "I noticed a muffle laying in the floor, and went up the tower to investigate.
"When I got up there I saw a squirrel darting out the window, it was moving so quick I barely got a look at it.
"It had chewed the rope up quite a bit, and had cause about #400 worth of damage. I don't know why it chose to nibble the rope, maybe it was making a nest.

"We've had to repair the grill that was broken, so that nothing else can get through the window.
"We had to otherwise they would have come in and gone for the other ropes.
"The bells have been ringing out for hundreds of years, it would be a shame if we weren't able to ring them any more.
"Animals do get in there, usually birds, but I have never seen a squirrel in there before.
"They are a real menace."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/12067371/Christmas-church-bells-silent-for-first-time-in-centuries-after-ropes-chewed-by-squirrels.html?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link
 

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I personally have lost a few nice things to the elusive gray,on got it self trapped in our garage a few years ago and went full Retard on us. Chewed a few things up.. Just a few months ago a pair tried to nest in the attic and ruined a bunch of insulation.

I am annoyed but not angry, they have as much right to be here as us. They however don't know boundaries and as a higher species it's my responsibility the attic is sealed off and the door to the garage closed to keep out visitors.

Besides they do a great service for the environment ..........why they??........hum.....I am sure they do something besides providing a meal for crows now and than.
 

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Their pelt is not worth much 3 or 4 bucks.
 

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I just did a job for someone involving squirrels. They wanted me to remove the drop ceiling in their basement and replace it with hihats and sheetrock. After I pulled it all down there were years of walnut and squirrel crap everywhere.
 

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Those furry cute little lovable guys playing in the trees and yard all day. Mine all behave so well because I feed them peanuts with the Blue jays.
 

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Does Mepps still give you free fishing lures for turning in some tails? they used to pay me 25 or 50 cents a tail, or double the value in their fishing lures. Postage was so cheap in the 70s that I did it more than once. AND[sup][sub] I[/sub][/sup] have never had squirrel damage LOL !
 

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I just did a job for someone involving squirrels. They wanted me to remove the drop ceiling in their basement and replace it with hihats and sheetrock. After I pulled it all down there were years of walnut and squirrel crap everywhere.
You sure that wasn't just left over from the original electrician?

No, ..... ?
 
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