Chestnut Ave resident tries to keep out civet cat invaders, but they are just 'too smart'

Submitted by Stomper Gary

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For the past six months to a year, Stomper Gary has been visited by two curious creatures at his home in Chestnut Avenue. 

According to Gary, the furry trespassers are Asian palm civet cats, a small viverrid native to South and Southeast Asia. 

The civet cats often break into Gary’s house to rest after foraging for food outside. 

Despite Gary installing a metal mesh to prevent them from entering, the resourceful creatures somehow managed to circumvent the barrier by creating two new entry points. 

Said the homeowner: "They are making my home their own.

"Once they take a liking to your home, they keep returning. They may go missing for a week or two, but they always return. 

"Sometimes they crawl into the attic and it can be quite noisy at night.

"You can suddenly hear footsteps from your ceiling."

Gary and his neighbour also purchased cages to try and trap the civet cats so they can relocate them, but so far, the traps have proved futile.

Said Gary: "They are too smart. Even when we place fruits inside the cage, they won't go in.

"I'm afraid that they'll start a family in my home and then it'll be too late to chase them out.

"I think they are a mating pair because they always come together. They visit my house around four to six times a week.

"I already paid my contractor $500 to seal up part of my room, but they keep digging up new holes.

"I don't think I can solve this problem."

Gary also stressed that using traps was the last resort, and merely hopes to relocate them even if the traps had worked.

Both the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) and the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) are aware of his trap usage. 

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