There are few things more frustrating than a car that just won’t start. When this happened to a motorist in Ottowa, Canada, they were prepared to call a tow truck.
What they weren’t prepared for was finding out why their car had suddenly failed — it had been turned into a squirrel’s winter walnut stash!
“The vehicle was towed in because it would not shift out of park,” explained repairman Shawn Harrison to ViralHog. “The customer could not open the hood all the way because a walnut had lodged itself in the latch assembly.”
“There’s your problem!” Harrison can be heard saying as he manages to pry open the vehicle’s hood.
Inside, scores of walnuts, possibly hundreds, fill every nook and cranny of space.
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Harrison’s video of the unusual encounter racked up over 60,000 views on YouTube .
The car was cleared of walnuts and nesting materials, and an inspection of vulnerable parts (like tubing and wiring) was likely carried out as well. When an animal decides to make a place its home, any piece of machinery, no matter how expensive or necessary, is fair game!
It must have been frustrating for the driver — still, I can’t help but think the squirrel got the worse end of the deal. With winter around the corner, a stash like that is a tough thing to lose.
While definitely a strange sight, it’s not unheard of for animals to store food in cars, especially in areas with harsh winters.
One Pennsylvania couple faced a similar problem with their truck in 2019, cleaning out over 200 walnuts from under the hood after noticing a burning smell.
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“Long story short, if you park outside, do yourself a favor and check under the hood every once in awhile,” wrote Chris Persic in the post.
Watch the full video below!Whizzco