In movies and cartoons, the squirrel's weapon of choice is always a nut. This is quite common in the media, but recent news from the Huffington Post shows that squirrels are creatures that you should never underestimate.
According to the report, some squirrels really did a nut job after they put more than 200 walnuts under the hood of a car in Pittsburgh. Holly Persic, the owner of the car, claimed that she smelled something burning while she was driving. She immediately opened the hood of her car and discovered the walnuts, which she believes were being hoarded by squirrels as food for the winter.
|Photo Credits: Chris and Holly Persic (via Reuters)|
Persic believes that the walnuts came from a nearby tree in her yard, and the animals brought with them mounds of grass. “They were everywhere, under the battery, near the radiator fan,” Chris Persic, Holly’s spouse said in an interview with CNN. He added that the walnuts were placed on the engine block, and they were black and smelled like they were roasted.
|Photo Credit: Chris and Holly Persic (via Reuters)|
The couple removed the nuts on their own, while the mechanics at their local garage took care of the others, which was enough to fill half a trash can. Some of the nuts were buried deep inside the engine of the Persics' car, which they wouldn't have been able to reach on their own. Fortunately, the vehicle was left undamaged.
Chris Persic posted on Facebook to share this incident with his friends and family, “If you park outside, do yourself a favor and check under the hood every once in a while. My truck may have had a squirrel chew through/pull out a fuel injector hose, and Holly’s looked like they were storing up for the next 3 winters.”