Squirrel chase in jewellery shop ‘like something from cartoon’

Nuala Scally-Hill who helped capture the visitor from Peter Dickson's Indigo Jewellers in Ballycastle
Nuala Scally-Hill who helped capture the visitor from Peter Dickson's Indigo Jewellers in Ballycastle
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One jeweller had a brush with a truly bizarre customer when a red squirrel hurtled into his shop.

Peter Dickson, manager of Indigo in Ballycastle, had left the door open on Wednesday, when the female creature dashed through and started running around the premises.

To make matters worse, the disorientated creature was then chased by Pepsi, Mr Dickson’s 12-year-old English springer spaniel.

“It was complete pandemonium in a jewellery shop, basically,” he told the News Letter.

“I was running round chasing the dog and she was chasing the squirrel. It was like something out of a cartoon or a Benny Hill sketch.

“It ran into the glass cases, into the bits where my jewellery was kept, and proceeded to make its way towards the window.

“Basically, it was running on top of all my necklaces and earrings I have on display.”

There is a wooded area behind the shop and he believes the squirrel may have run from there down an alleyway, and into the shop after being chased by a cat.

A passing friend, Nuala Scally-Hill, saw what was going on and darted in to help, eventually managing to trap the animal and move it outside, where it fled back in the direction of the woods.

Although there were no customers inside at the time said Mr Dickson, he added: “I had a few come in afterwards because they heard about it.”

He posted a picture of the animal on Facebook and within 24 hours it had been viewed 3,000 times.

The red species has been threatened in recent times by the arrival of its larger grey cousin, which has encroached on its habitat, but Mr Dickson said there had been a number of sightings of them in the town recently.

It comes after news that an escaped raccoon had been found in Ballycastle, and captured by the PSNI, after escaping its Ballymena home.

“Ballycastle’s rife with wildlife now,” said Mr Dickson, 32 and living in the town.