My brother "Gary" and his wife "Kelly" recently moved into a new home.
Gary was at work when Kelly heard a strange, "scritching" noise coming from their entertainment center.
She crept up and after carefully listening, determined that the entertainment center was now inhabited by some unknown...critter-thing.
Kelly is a tough lady, but she draws the line at possessed furniture. She called Gary.
"There is a critter in the entertainment center. You need to come home now and deal with it!"
Cue Gary, cautiously approaching the aforementioned possessed furniture.
Carefully opening door after drawer and peering into the depths, not sure what is going to leap out.
Finally, he discovers that there is a 2" gap *behind* the entertainment center. And in this gap is a very irate, very territorial...ground squirrel. (Like a gopher on steroids).
A stare down ensues. Gary versus the ground squirrel.
The critter has been there for some time and has managed to chew on several wires, nest and generally plant it's little rodent flag.
Gary promptly has an attack of wisdom and decides that reaching in to grab the creature is a Bad idea. Bare wires, cluttered space and an irate rodent with sharp teeth.
So they decide to...vacuum...the creature.
The nozzle is small, and the suction won't harm it, and it lets them pick the ground squirrel up from a safe distance.
The plan is to gently grab hold of the animal and drop it into a cat carrier. The door will slam shut and the creature will be taken outside and released.
Kelly's job is to hold the cat carrier. As I said, she's a tough lady. She's also not stupid. Even at arm's length, a flailing, confused, vacuumed rodent was waaay to close for comfort.
Accordingly, she held the cat carrier on the end of a broom handle.
As it turns out, a single vacuum is not strong enough to pick up a ground squirrel. Since this is not a well documented field, I guess they can be excused for not knowing this fact.
A little duct tape and a second vacuum hose later (which made me wonder who owns two vacuums?) they succeed in picking up the errant animal, dropping it into the carrier and closing the door.
Picture, if you will, a young couple, one wielding a cat carrier on the end of a broom handle, the other with two vacuum hoses taped together, both focused with laser intensity on a 2" space behind the TV.
At which point their 3 year old wanders into the room and asks the very reasonable question "What is daddy doing?"
Kelly, not wanting little Todd to either a) freak out at the idea that their furniture is infested or, even worse, try to help, Kelly said, deadpan, "He's helping mommy vacuum." Apparently this was not interesting enough to Todd and he wandered off.
Happily, the ground squirrel has been relocated to a more appropriate outdoor environment and Kelly, Gary and the family are able to enjoy their now exorcised entertainment center.