My already bad raccoon problem, just got worse.  Earlier this week I started hearing odd sounds from my chimney like scuffling, thumps, and the occasional chirping sound.  The chirping almost made me think it was a bird, but it was a more throaty sound than any birds around my house would make, not to mention the thumps and bumps were far larger than a bird. At first I had thought it was a squirrel because anything larger seemed unrealistic considering that we live in just inside of the city, but I was wrong about that one.

To give you a little background for this story, I had just recently purchased a new iPhone 7 (an upgrade from my 5s that I thought was well deserved). Taking precaution, I also bought AppleCare just in case anything happened to it, and good thing too.  Yesterday after having an unsuccessful google session trying to figure out what was in my chimney, I decided the best thing to do was take a peek.  I flipped the flashlight from my phone on, shimmied my way into the fireplace, and held my phone up to the crack in the damper. My light was met by two large, curious eyes; I jumped a little bit but stayed where I was.  He was pretty cute, he had little black ears and tilted his head towards me, seemingly not afraid of me!  Then I did the dumbest thing in the world, I held my phone up closer towards him and  SNATCH!! Just like that he reached down, grabbed my phone out of my hands, and pulled it through the damper!

Just like that, my brand new phone was gone and I was in awe.  It wasn’t until his little face peeked back through the crack that what happened registered and I got angry.  I’m not proud to admit it but I hollered at the raccoon and punched the damper – which did absolutely nothing to help the situation.  Now I’m here a day later using my very old Android and waiting on a trapper I found online to come pull the raccoon out of the chimney and hopefully recover my phone.  This is honestly the craziest thing that has happened to me; all I know is if you have something in your chimney KEEP YOUR IPHONE AWAY FROM IT!!

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