Can you help me solve a mystery?

@TheHorse (50026)
Pleasant Hill, California
December 27, 2015 4:11pm CST
I'm reading a murder mystery called Plum Island by Nelson DeMille right now. But not that mystery. Earlier this morning, I said "What the heck?" as I heard critters scurrying about above my ceiling. I had heard the wings of mourning doves late yesterday, but this pitter patter was too big to be mourning doves. We have squirrels here, but it even sounded to big to be squirrels. But it was too "continuous" to be a stranded reindeer. I was at a loss. Then, a couple of house later, I heard a rolling noise, followed by a thump on my balcony. Home invasion robbers? Tentatively, I went over and found...what's shown in the picture. Some critters had stolen a neighbor's decorative pumpkin, gotten it up to the roof, taken a few bites, and lost it on my balcony. I waited patiently to catch the culprit in the act of retrieval, but none came. Woodrats? I don't think we have them here. Opossums? I haven't seen any here in years. Skunk? I have a sensitive nose. I'm going with raccoons. I haven't seen any in months, but they're all around this area. If this were your neck of the woods, what critter would it be?
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@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
27 Dec 15
Can raccoons climb ? could be if they can thelove to steal food and we always had a row of swet corn for the raccoons so that they wou ld leave our garden alone.
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• United States
27 Dec 15
@hatley yes raccoons are great climbers
@TheHorse (50026)
• Pleasant Hill, California
28 Dec 15
I've seen them in our trees and on my balcony, so I think they could make it up to the roof. The pumpkin on my balcony hasn't moved. Maybe they fear my wrath.
@Angelee_27 (3479)
• United States
27 Dec 15
As I was reading your post I was thinking raccoons the entire time! That would have been my guess if that happened to me.
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@TheHorse (50026)
• Pleasant Hill, California
27 Dec 15
Yep. That's all I can come up with. I've never seen one on the roof before, though!
• United States
27 Dec 15
@TheHorse Me either, but I suppose it's possible for them to get up there somehow.
@amadeo (43732)
• United States
27 Dec 15
we mostly have squirrels in our attic at times.But no raccoon.
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@TheHorse (50026)
• Pleasant Hill, California
27 Dec 15
Are there raccoons in other places in New Hampshire? I assume they're everywhere. But I'm not sure.
@LadyDuck (112985)
• Switzerland
28 Dec 15
Do you have ferrets in the area? When I hear critters scurrying above my ceiling, most of the times are those little critters.
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@TheHorse (50026)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Dec 15
I've heard that people keep ferrets as pets. But I don't think we have them in the wild here.
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@LadyDuck (112985)
• Switzerland
29 Dec 15
@TheHorse Yes, people keep them as pets, it's not a good idea, they bite, they are small and steal everything they can grab.
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@TheHorse (50026)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Dec 15
@LadyDuck I've never been tempted to own one. Here in the States, most of those who keep them as pets are usually seen as "odd."
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@JudyEv (91810)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Dec 15
We have possums and we saw one up a tree in our drive the other night. That's about the only possibility here.
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@TheHorse (50026)
• Pleasant Hill, California
28 Dec 15
Up a tree. Hmm. So possum is still on the possible list.
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@JudyEv (91810)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Dec 15
@TheHorse Our possums look totally different to yours - much prettier!
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@TheHorse (50026)
• Pleasant Hill, California
28 Dec 15
@JudyEv Do you have a picture? Ours are notoriously ugly!
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@UncleJoe (7731)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
27 Dec 15
We had that happen before. Turned out to be a lost aardvark.
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@yukimori (8547)
• United States
27 Dec 15
An aardvark on the roof?
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@UncleJoe (7731)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
28 Dec 15
@yukimori don't ask me how it got on the roof. I don't even know how it got to the US. I said it was lost.
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@yukimori (8547)
• United States
28 Dec 15
@UncleJoe I was commenting more on the fact that it was an aardvark, of all things! Definitely not something you experience every day, and the fact that it was on the roof only contributes to the strangeness! Although I suppose it had to be something like the time a neighbor's lost iguana decided to make himself at home in my aunt's garden... there's nothing quite like walking out there and being greeted by a six-foot-long green lizard staring you in the eye.
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@yukimori (8547)
• United States
27 Dec 15
My vote was going to be for raccoons, too. We have some around here, but the ones who seem intent on stealing pumpkins are the javelina. They came by and ate two of ours that were sitting outside after Halloween.
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@TheHorse (50026)
• Pleasant Hill, California
28 Dec 15
Javelina! Those are large rodents that are hunted like wild boar, right? I don't want them on my roof!
@yukimori (8547)
• United States
28 Dec 15
@TheHorse They're actually peccaries, not rodents. I've never heard of them going on rooftops, either.
@TheHorse (50026)
• Pleasant Hill, California
28 Dec 15
@yukimori What's a peccary? Is that a kindom, phylum, class, order, family, genus or species, or something like that? I'm a Bear of Little Brain and Big Words bother me. OK, I found this on Wiki: "...of the family Tayassuidae (New World pigs)."
@poehere (17075)
• French Polynesia
27 Dec 15
Got to be a raccoon to do this one. Maybe you have muskrats running around but they can't steal this and haul it up to your roof and then eat it.
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@TheHorse (50026)
• Pleasant Hill, California
27 Dec 15
I've never heard of muskrats around here. Unless we know them by a different name. I'm sticking with raccoons. I'll leave the stolen property on my balcony and see if it moves.
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@poehere (17075)
• French Polynesia
27 Dec 15
@TheHorse I am joking about muskrats. They are some giant over sized rat that can take over your home and eat what ever they want. No I think it is also a raccoon that did this to you.
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@TheHorse (50026)
• Pleasant Hill, California
28 Dec 15
@poehere Oh dear! I don't want them eating all my speakers! I'm still going with raccoon as well.
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• Greece
8 Jan 16
I'd love to live in the same neighborhood. I don't mind having neighbors like raccoon, skunk and a deer. We only have mice and cockroaches here. And I love to have a pumpkin as a decor. My mom would probably just cook it for dinner.
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@TheHorse (50026)
• Pleasant Hill, California
8 Jan 16
Do you have scorpions there? I only see them occasionally here, but they scare me for some reason.
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• Greece
8 Jan 16
@TheHorse We have but they don't show up often and we also have annoying earthworms. I was taking a shower the other day and I was so startled when I found out that there was an earthworm taking a shower with me. Raccoons and squirrels are better if you ask me.
@PainsOnSlate (18660)
• Canada
28 Dec 15
We had racoons in an attic once, we put a radio up in the crawl space and ran it loudly daily (no one home, all at school or working) they left but when we stopped the radio noise they came back. We put a live trap up there and moved them one at a time to a new location miles away from our house... Good luck.
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@TheHorse (50026)
• Pleasant Hill, California
28 Dec 15
I used to have woodrats in my ceiling at my old house. They were cute, but they pooped a lot.
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• Canada
28 Dec 15
@TheHorse I've never heard of a wood rat. I'll have to look it up - I did, bushy-tailed woodrat, packrat, or woodrat... looks like a rat to me, we don't see rats in the burbs, just a lot of mice.(in the atic in the winter, we kill them with poison.)
@nanette64 (12341)
• Fairfield, Texas
28 Dec 15
Yup, definitely raccoon's @The Horse . I can almost bet you they're up in the attic.
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@TheHorse (50026)
• Pleasant Hill, California
28 Dec 15
I've seen them in the spaces beneath this building. I'm not sure if there's entry into the space between my ceiling and the roof or not!
@celticeagle (112984)
• Boise, Idaho
28 Dec 15
Do you get raccoons in your area? Ope. Ann had the same ideas. Some of them are pretty big. A family can be anywhere from the size of a cat to the size of medium sized dog. We've seen some big ones around here.
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@TheHorse (50026)
• Pleasant Hill, California
28 Dec 15
Yep, we have raccoons around here.
@boiboing (12527)
• Northampton, England
27 Dec 15
Any strange noises around here are usually our cats.
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@TheHorse (50026)
• Pleasant Hill, California
28 Dec 15
I don't think cats eat pumpkins, though. Heh.
@Asylum (46317)
• Manchester, England
27 Dec 15
This is obviously either mutant spiders or a family of velociraptors waking up from a 75 million year sleep.
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@TheHorse (50026)
• Pleasant Hill, California
28 Dec 15
That makes me feel a bit better. Raccoons just stare back at me when I try to shoo them away. Wait. Did you say raptors?
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• United States
27 Dec 15
Could be raccoons. They are a big nuisance
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@TheHorse (50026)
• Pleasant Hill, California
28 Dec 15
I'm gonna leave that pumpkin out there tonight and see if they go after it.
@Missmwngi (9697)
• Nairobi, Kenya
27 Dec 15
Check if the size of the bite can give you a clue
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@TheHorse (50026)
• Pleasant Hill, California
27 Dec 15
That little pumpkin is about 4" across. What do you think?
• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
27 Dec 15
Lol most likely a raccoon or squirel, i have been through this before when I had a pear tree in my backyard
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@TheHorse (50026)
• Pleasant Hill, California
27 Dec 15
Did both squirrels and raccoons enjoy your pears?