It is the stuff of nightmares, a creature crawling from down below while you are, well, taking care of business.

But could it actually happen?  And, while it may be possible for a bug, for example, to find its way in through the top, could a mammal made its way through the narrow passages and liquid- or sludge-filled tunnels into your porcelain cistern?

The answer, experts say, is yes.

National Geographic's experts published a video explanation in August of how at least furry creatures gets the job done.

Note: If you already suffer from nightmares about beasts bursting forth from the bowl you may not want to watch the video.

And, just in case you think it cannot happen to you, watch this video from WAPT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi and Vuz's Patrick E. Jones:


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