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Scampering Squirrel Breaks 750-Year-Old Pots

March 8, 1988

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ A squirrel that somehow scampered into the Oklahoma Museum of Natural History broke two pieces of pottery dating to the year 1200 and chipped a vase, a museum spokeswoman said.

Workers searched unsuccessfully Monday for the bushy-tailed marauder and tried to block entry points for animals.

″We’ve taped up, we’ve nailed up,″ said collections manager Julie Droke. ″We’re hoping that he left.″

The two pots, found in Oklahoma and had an estimated value of $200 to $500, were broken Sunday, she said.

A 2 1/2 foot vase, found in LeFlore County and reconstructed, also was knocked over and chipped, she said.

Ms. Droke said museum officials have always feared a damaging fire. ″It just never occurred to us that a squirrel could do so much,″ she said.