sorry, Chris F. i didn't mean to insult your intelligence, just trying to be helpful to someone who is having a problem. Maybe you don't have mice in NJ?
No, seriously, it sounds like something really crawed into the squirrel cage
We have WAYYYYY too many mice around here, and that has happed to us. They get into the clothes dryer and get baked, then the clothes all smell like cooked road-kill