Good Luck Flushing Chuck

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Good Luck Flushing Chuck


Byline: JOHN COOPER

SO Dungarvan is on high alert as foreign invaders threaten to take over the place. The interlopers are Siberian chipmunks, released by careless pet owners. Despite their ineffable cuteness, they apparently pose a threat to local fauna.

It reminded me of the pet chipmunk my wife had for years. Cute as a button, went by the name of Chuck, and his party trick was to peel a grape with his amazingly dextrous front paws and a pair of incisors that could have chiselled oak -- and sometimes did, as he gnawed the kitchen table.

He had his dark side. There was the time he bit through my stereo speaker wires. That forced me to buy a fireguard which had to be covered with chicken wire behind which the stereo was hidden. The amp had to be operated through the gaps with chopsticks.

And the time he bit the grandfather's big toe, preferring it to the Murray Mint he was trying to run off with -- comically held in his front paws as his back pair went full speed. …

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