Luckily there was no fire in the fireplace when our neighborhood pine martin decided to drop in on our Gunflint Trail neighbors. And by drop in I really do mean drop in. He must have been playing around the chimney on the rooftop and slipped because he ended up inside of the chimney and inside of the fireplace.
Our neighbors were very lucky to have been home and able to shut the doors of the fireplace to prevent the pine martin from wreaking havoc inside of their beautiful home. It took them over two hours to trap and remove the animal from their fireplace with the help of a very good friend. Once the pine martin was sent free he was a happy, soot covered pine martin with quite a story to tell.