Trained squirrel in NYC...?

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by SeZMehK, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. SeZMehK

    SeZMehK The Wielder of the Keyblade

    May 8, 2003
    United States
    Okay, on the outset I'll state the following, today is my dad's birthday and he's a heavy drinker on special occassions like today. So put 2 and 2 together and you'll see my following point.

    This all happened while I'm at work today. My father was sitting outside on our porch when a squirrel ran up to his shoulder and sat there. It didn't run away or bite him. I'm assuming that is trained. Well, seeing how my dad is drunk already by mid-morning, he says that God gave him that squirrel as a gift and wants to keep it. Of course I know that it is illegal to keep a squirrel as a pet in NYC. Now apparantly after I made a few calls home to find out what's going on, my dad tells me tried to set it free outside our house and it ran back into our house(I call bullshit on this since I know how he is). Now I have to see how I can get rid of it. The options that I can determine are calling the ASPCA or Animal Control and let them take it; I get rid of it myself, set free or kill(which I don't want to do); or have the local authorities decide what to do with it, or finall keep the damn thing.

    The whole point of this post was to see what you guys would do in such a situation. Oh forgot to mention that he is stubborn on the fact that he won't get rid of it. >.>
  2. AndreXL

    AndreXL GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Dec 28, 2006
    It's your Dad's squirrel, let him keep it if he wants to.
    Probably get it rabies shots.
  3. EmperorOfCanada

    EmperorOfCanada GBAtemp Maniac

    Aug 4, 2008
    he isnt the son, you are. If he is aware of the consequences (if any) then let him keep the squirrel. It loves him dearly [​IMG]
  4. chuckstudios

    chuckstudios Putting the pro in procrastination

    Jul 19, 2006
    United States
    North Carolina, USA
    Tell him squirrels find potassium cyanide to be a delicious supplement to their meals.

    Edit: Also, tell him to go to the hospital immediately if he gets bitten by it. Late stage rabies is nearly 100% fatal.
  5. shaunj66

    shaunj66 Administrator

    Oct 24, 2002
    United Kingdom
    South England
    Aw, nuts.

    Apart from posting videos of its sheer awesomness on Youtube, you'd better just call Animal Control or whatever the equivalent of the RSPCA is over there and have them deal with it. Even if it is someone's trained pet, it's better just to let them deal with it, such as feeding it and keeping it safe and healthy.

    You said it's illegal to keep a squirrel as a pet so tell your dad that. He can't just keep it because it climbed onto his shoulder >_>
  6. Prophet

    Prophet Resident Black Militant

    Nov 6, 2002
    United States
    Keep it. Squirrel's are awesome.
  7. p1ngpong

    p1ngpong Unamused frog

    Former Staff
    Apr 18, 2008
    DS Scene
    It may be illegal, but who cares really?

    I think a squirrel would be a cool pet! [​IMG]
  8. berlinka

    berlinka You have sustained a lethal injury.

    Jul 31, 2003
    Harderwijk, Netherlands
    So, I guess that squirrel is running around in your home right now? Well I would certainly try to grab it through some bait or something. I would then put it in a cage or box. Drive a couple of miles and set it free in the woods.

    But off course pest patrol is a good alternative if you don't mind the wait. Good luck with it (and with your dad).
  9. SeZMehK

    SeZMehK The Wielder of the Keyblade

    May 8, 2003
    United States
    Actually, he bought a cage... >.>
  10. Defiance

    Defiance oh my god.. it's full of trading cards...

    Oct 7, 2007
    United States
    Put it on Youtube, I wanna see.
  11. gizmo_gal

    gizmo_gal QWEEN of the RadioActive Force!!!

    Apr 10, 2008
    United States
    1st dimension, Earth
    I dont think it'd be wise to get authorities involved--it would cause more drama than a squirrel is worth.

    Let him do what he wants, then when he turns his back/goes somewhere for a few hours set the squirrel free outside--if it comes back you'll know he wasn't lying but either way you will have tried.

    If the squirrel insists on coming back, get a big old cat and keep it in the same house--dont et the squirrel be eaten but let it see its predator and become frightened, then place clumps of cat fur around the place so that the squirrel wont feel too safe. Then try releasing the squirrel again and leaving only one venue open to the house--like a back door and make sure the cat is placed between the doorway and the squirrels cage.

    I find cat fur and other signs is usually the best deterrent for this sort of thing--in spring several birds wanna build nests on our porch. A few run-ins with our cat and some ominous hair clumps in their nest later and they usually begin to see things our way.
  12. dinofan01

    dinofan01 Misses the old days...

    Jul 4, 2008
    United States
    I say keep it. Live out all your Animal Crossing fantasies.....well maybe not all your fantasies.
  13. Raestloz

    Raestloz GBATemp's Lone Wolf

    Feb 7, 2008
    The World of Illusion
    Keep it I say, but you said keeping squirrels is prohibited? then release it. If it's coming back, then call authorities.

    Or, give it to somebody, if your dad approves that is
  14. Absynthe

    Absynthe GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 14, 2008
    The Isle of Everywhere
    Why is keeping a squirrel illegal in NYC?