When one woman heard weird sounds coming from her bathroom, she called on her neighbor to help. That’s when he made a shocking discovery. And when the lady saw what he’d uncovered, she couldn’t help but scream.
The woman had been at home when she became aware of a strange noise. Even more disturbingly, she could tell the sound was coming from somewhere inside her house. However, nothing could have prepared her for the very odd situation that she was about to discover.
After a sweep of the house, she determined that the din was coming from the bathroom. But as she looked around, she could see no obvious cause. Then, ominously, she heard the rattling once more.
Finally, the woman realized that the commotion was coming from the commode. Yes – there was something making noises inside her toilet. So, perhaps with some trepidation, she carefully lifted the lid to see what was lurking inside.
And when she did, she got the shock of her life. What’s more, she knew that there was no way that she could deal with the situation herself. So she closed the toilet lid, placed something heavy on top of it and rushed to fetch her neighbor.
Thankfully, her kind neighbor agreed to help. So – dressed for church in a shirt and tie – he rushed to her aid. But before grappling with whatever was in the toilet, he donned a pair of thick gloves – just to be safe.
With that, the brave man proceeded through to the bathroom. There, he removed the object keeping the toilet closed and prepared himself for the task ahead. Then he turned to his neighbor – who was now filming – and admitted, “I hope it doesn’t claw me in the face.”
“I’m sorry,” she replied, as her neighbor started to open the lid. He carefully placed his hands in the bowl and scooped something out of the water. Then, when he brought the creature into the light, the lady couldn’t help but let out a shrill scream.
As it turned out, the animal responsible for the noises was in fact a squirrel. It had somehow gotten into the toilet and had been hanging out in the bowl. However, its time in the lavatory was about to come to an abrupt end.
Holding the little squirrel carefully in his hands, the man transported the animal – dripping wet – through his neighbor’s house. All the while, both he and his neighbor giggled hysterically.
And once they got outside, the man placed the squirrel down by the base of a tree. The minute it was free, moreover, the furry creature scurried up the trunk and out of sight. However, his rescuers won’t forget about him anytime soon.
Following the squirrel’s rescue, in fact, a hilarious video of the incident emerged on YouTube. The man in the video’s wife – Amanda Boiles – had posted it. And, understandably, it soon proved very popular online.
However, despite the video’s following, those involved were still at a loss to figure out just what had happened. “My husband was called on by a friend of ours to come and investigate what she said was a squirrel in their toilet at their apartment,” Boiles wrote alongside the footage. “They have no idea how it got in there.”
But a quick search on YouTube confirms that Boiles’ husband’s friend isn’t unique in their experience. It seems that a toilet bowl is not such an uncommon place to find the rodents after all.
The most common theory as to how squirrels arrive in such unlikely places is that they crawl up through the pipes by accident. In many cases, people find the animals as they try to escape; unfortunately, though, on other occasions they have drowned in the toilet water.
On the whole, it’s advisable to call pest control to deal with squirrels that have made their way into a toilet. However, if you want to save the animal from dying, it may be possible to remove it while wearing a thick pair of gloves to protect your hands.
There are some toilet-dwelling animals that it would be unwise to move, though. For example, in 2016, one man in Thailand found a ten-foot python in his toilet. Unfortunately for him, it wasn’t until the snake bit him in the nether regions that he even knew it was there.
And in Australia, it’s not uncommon for people to find snakes in their toilets. In fact, Brisbane-based Geoff Jacobs has made his living catching the reptiles for more than 20 years.
“The snakes just follow the trail of the rats,” Jacobs told the BBC in May 2016. “All over the world, rats go down in sewers and the snakes go in there after them.” That’s how they can find their way into toilets.
So although the homeowner was understandably shocked to find a squirrel in her lavatory, things could have been much worse – it could have been a snake. And not only was the animal she found relatively calm, but it was also easy enough to save. From now on, though, she’ll no doubt look twice down the toilet every time nature calls.