Kicker: A bushy-tailed Christmas visitor

NICK EICHER, HOST: Something recently came down the chimney of a family home in Ohio, but it wasn’t Santa Claus. 

Homeowner Mitch Ferguson heard some noise coming from the fireplace and at first he thought a bird had gotten in. But as he looked more closely, he saw the tell-tale fluffy tail of a squirrel. 

So Mitch and his father grabbed a blanket and tried to carefully trap it as Mitch’s wife Haylie did the internet a favor and recorded the ordeal.

AUDIO: Here, hold the blanket. I’m gonna pull this out. Oh yeah, he’s coming out. No he’s not, he’s gonna stay in there.

But soon the little guy managed to squirrel his way out of the fireplace, and chaos ensued!

The squirrel made his way across the sofa, through the kitchen, into a bathroom and then into the family’s basement—before they finally cornered him—but they showed mercy and released the critter back out into the wild.

BASHAM: I feel like I remember this scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

EICHER: Yup, life imitates art!

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(Photo/Mitch Ferguson)

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