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NYPD Ends Wild Squirrel's Occupation of East Harlem CVS

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Above, a screengrab from the New York Post's <a href="">video</a>
Above, a screengrab from the New York Post's video

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A clever squirrel spent the past week living in an East Harlem CVS before police finally removed him yesterday morning. A CVS staffer told DNAinfo that the squirrel "walked like a customer into the store" around 7:15am on Monday. For the next few days, the squirrel eluded capture, surviving on packaged food. (Said the same staffer, "Today we came in and there were nuts all over the floor.")

Finally, around 9am on Thursday, the little creature got stuck in the window display, thrilling passersby but also drawing enough attention to alert the police. It took them nearly an hour, but they managed to get the animal into a cardboard box. The Post reports conflicting stories on what happened next: Police planned to release the squirrel into the wild, but one onlooker claims to have witnessed a daring escape.

Either way, it sounds like the squirrel came to no harm, much to the relief of Bangladeshi immigrant Moazzan Hossain, who runs the produce stand in front of the store. DNAinfo quotes him saying, "In my country they would have..." and miming a slashing movement before adding, "It was a very good job by police."
· Wild Squirrel Moves Into CVS for Four Days [DNAinfo]
· Video: Slippery Little Squirrel [New York Post]


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