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Vicious Siberian Chipmunks Invades The UK
Posted: 28 July 2009 12:58 PM   [ Ignore ]
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A KILLER chipmunk terrorised a family by invading their kitchen and munching their Crunchy Nut Cornflakes.

Horrified trucker Bryan Foreman, 50, found the critter with its head in the cereal box.

He and wife Susan fear the rodent is one of the vicious Siberian chipmunks which The Sun last week warned were set to invade Britain.

The creature left Bryan and Susan’s two cats shaking - and they and the family’s dog now can’t go into the garden.

Mum-of-four Susan, 44, from the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, said: “It was terrifying. I’ve never seen anything like it.

“We could hear it banging about in the kitchen and when my husband went in it had its head in the cereal and was munching away.

“He shouted and it ran back out into the garden.

“We think it had a good go at whatever else it found in the cupboards as well.

“My cats are traumatised. We’re too scared to let them out in case it’s still lurking.”

French naturalist Guy Bruel, who issued one of the first Siberian chipmunk alerts, is sure the rodent was one of them.
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He warned that other people could find unwelcome guests as the pesky invaders start to get hungry.

The animals can be infected with deadly Lyme disease, which hits the nervous system. They can also carry rabies.

Guy said: “They will stop at nothing to get what they want. This includes sneaking into people’s homes to have a nibble of food.

“They look cuddly and harmless, and this makes them particularly dangerous. If startled they can give a nasty nip, especially when cornered.”

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Susan first spotted the chipmunk in her garden running along the fence. It later made its way into the house by brazenly jumping on the cats’ den.

She added: “Usually the cats are really playful but now they’re very quiet and reclusive. I don’t know what it did to scare them so badly.”

The RSPCA warned that anyone who finds a Siberian chipmunk should contain it in a box or shed then call the Non-native Species Secretariat or Natural England.

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Posted: 30 July 2009 12:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I saw one of those for sale a while ago in a pet store in. . .ummmm. . .Delaware, I think it was.  Perhaps I should have bought it and released it into the wilderness, to terrorise the Delawarians.

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Posted: 30 July 2009 04:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Posted: 30 July 2009 04:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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The thing is, if they’re readers of The Sun then I don’t trust them to recognise an actual squirrel…

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Posted: 30 July 2009 10:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Madmouse - 30 July 2009 08:51 PM

The thing is, if they’re readers of The Sun then I don’t trust them to recognise an actual squirrel…

They’re those aquatic mammals that perform in aquarium shows and get caught in fishing nets in the ocean a lot, right?

I can imagine somebody catching a squirrel and setting it up in a series of mugshots, holding a little sign with “T. Sibiricus” written on it.

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Posted: 03 August 2009 11:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Reminds me that once my aunt, when she got her house, had a squirrel in the chimney. It tried to make a hole through the wall.
Also reminds me i need lunch

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