A mom had to drop her Christmas tree just a week before the big day after making a terrifying discovery between the branches.
Embarrassed, Gina noted as she retired to her living room that something among her decorations was causing a festive stir.
After carefully investigating, she was greeted by two beady eyes staring at her – and found that a mouse was ravaging her tree.
The mother-of-two captured the moment she tripped over the furry offender while hilariously arming herself with a broom.
In the footage shared with TikTok, she can be seen gently lifting the snow-covered branches apart with the handle of the brush.
She gently pushed them out of the way to get a good look, explaining that initially she “thought she was seeing things.”
But Gina’s eyesight was fully functional – as she discovered when she spotted a tiny gray mouse burrowed in between her bullets.
She frantically captioned the surprise clip, which featured Michael Bublé’s cover of It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, “Help!!!!!!”
The video has since garnered a whopping 3 million views.
TikTok users quickly flooded the comments section to discuss their shock, with many admitting it was their “biggest fear”.
One wrote: “Like I would have just lit the whole tree.”
Another said: “Oh new fear unleashed, I didn’t know this could even happen.”
A third laughed: “I would have destroyed the whole tree in a panic.”
And a fourth added: “I would have screamed my lungs out!”
But others jumped in the mouse’s defense, urging Gina to remove it safely from its tree – or even get her a piece of cheese, in the Christmas spirit.
One said: “Please don’t hurt him. You may have taken him home by mistake, please don’t hurt him.”
Another chimed in: “Why are you all scared it’s cute! He would definitely be my pet if that were me.”
And a third advised: “Poor little fellow. Put some chocolate or cheese in a little box. He’ll go in freely and then you should be able to take him out. Please don’t hurt him.”
After being inundated with questions, Gina explained that her Christmas tree was up for two weeks before she realized it “started moving”.
The mother said her cats then began scratching the branches repeatedly, prompting her to take a closer look.
She then filled the needs of social media users by sharing a much-anticipated update about the uninvited guest.
Gina shared another clip showing her cats desperately trying to catch the mouse that was running for its life from behind her crumpled velvet sofa.
The pets pounced on the creature before it could scurry to freedom – as the mother stood guard again with her broom.
She wrote: “No mouse was hurt in the making of this video, he’s safe outside with my Christmas tree now,” alongside a laughing emoji.
The TikToker explained that tempting the mouse with a piece of cheese proved successful and she safely released him into the wild.
She assured concerned users that her cats didn’t hurt him in the comments section.
We previously shared how a family was distraught after a rat coughed off their Christmas tree.
The matter-of-fact bunch quickly tried to shoot it down with an air rifle in the dramatic footage.
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