An elderly couple returning from an afternoon shopping trip were shocked to find a squirrel running around their living room.Â What's amazing is that their 2 bedroom co-op is on the 8th floor of a 20 story co-op building in the Luna Park development in Coney Island.Â The buildings are undergoing a major $30 Million renovation of all the exterior brickwork and motorized scaffolding has been installed around the buildings.Â The squirrel obviously used the scaffolding structure to reach the 8th floorÂ and enter via an open window.
In a panic they called the 60th Precinct and 6 officers responded along with 2 private security guards and later a NYPD Emergency Services Unit team.Â By this time all windows were opened and the apartment door was also left ajar so the squirrel could exit.Â For about 90 minutes there were periodic sightings along with some torn drapes and a ripped sofa.Â Finally one of the officers declared that she saw the squirrel exit via the front door and apartment was quiet again as everyone left.Â Not convinced the elderly couple shut the bedroom doors and isolated the rooms from each other and went to bed.
All was quiet inside until the next afternoon.Â The husband was cleaning out a vintage wood entertainment center when he saw 2 small grey balls moving.Â Thinking it was just dust he examined them closely and noted that were newly born squirrels.Â Out of the corner of his eye he noticed movement behind the television as the squirrel's mother moved around.Â Obviously she gave birth in one section of the entertainment center attracted by its seclusion and warmth.Â The couple called the 60th Precinct again and 2 officers using small carboard boxes captured the adult and found that she had given birth to 4 little ones.Â Officers report that both mother andÂ little onesÂ are doing well and will be safely released.
That elderly couple are my parents, Beatrice and Nathan Rogoff.Â Â
What is the moral to this furry tale....?Â
If you scurry outside to shop and you live in a Brooklyn co-op, please be aware of a squirrel out there who seems like she's ready toÂ pop.Â Through your window she may hop, and then she'sÂ hard to stop.Â Before she enters labor,Â just call your neighbor and alert your neighborhood cop.Â
Bonnie Chernin and David Rogoff
Fillmore Real Estate Branch #19
917-593-4068 (David Cell)
646-318-5031 (Bonnie Cell)http://www.BestHomesInBrooklyn.com
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