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Family wonders why their car isn’t working — they pop the hood and find gifts from a squirrel

October 22nd, 2019

If you own a car, you’re bound to have problems at some point. It’s just something that happens as time goes on. There’ll always be maintenance to have done on your vehicle, which is an annoying part of life.

It’s even worse if your car is vulnerable to wild animals.

Squirrels, chipmunks, mice, birds, and snakes have all been known to try to nest in cars. If that doesn’t make you want to take the bus for the rest of your life, you’ve got a stronger stomach than me.

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Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control Source: Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control

But one family dealt with a rather unusual problem with their car, all thanks to a very energetic squirrel.

Holly Persic, a resident of Pennsylvania, was on her way to work when her car started to make funny noises. She heard odd sounds coming from the engine, and she noticed a burning smell — a sure sign there was something wrong with the vehicle.

So, she pulled over to the side of the road and gave her husband Chris a call. He suggested she open the hood, which she did. But she couldn’t believe what she saw underneath.

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Live Science Source: Live Science

The inside of the hood was filled to the brim with hundreds of walnuts, all packed in tightly with grass.

A very diligent squirrel had apparently decided the Persics’ car was the perfect place for his winter stash.

But here’s the crazy part: the squirrel did all that work in just a few days.

“The walnuts only started to fall a couple of weeks ago,” said Chris Persic. “And my wife had her vehicle inspected last month.”

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Chris Persic for The Dodo Source: Chris Persic for The Dodo

The Persics had their car parked outside and undisturbed for only a matter of days.

That means the squirrel managed to pack away several hundred walnuts in an amazingly short amount of time.

Chris and Holly Persic cleared as much away as they could, then took the car into a shop to make sure everything was in order. There, they had to tell the whole story to the mechanics, who were just as amazed as they’d been.

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Mike Tevis of Tevis Auto Service, said it was unlike anything he’d experienced before.

“Craziest thing we have ever seen!” he said. “They were lucky that all that dried grass didn’t catch fire. There was not much damage done to the vehicle but it could have been a lot worse.”

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Tevis Auto Service for The Dodo Source: Tevis Auto Service for The Dodo

They managed to clear out all the nuts and grass.

The good news — there was no long-term or serious damage to the car. So, it’s all well that ends well, except for the squirrel, of course.

The Persics say from here on out, they’ll park their car in the garage so that it’s not tempting to any wildlife. But they say they also feel a little bad for the squirrel who had all its hard work erased.

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Chris Persic for The Dodo Source: Chris Persic for The Dodo

“That squirrel’s wife is gonna go nuts,” Chris Persic said.

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Source: The Dodo

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