- Chris and Holly Persic, of Franklin Park, Pennsylvania, found more than 200 walnuts in the hood of their car that had been stored by squirrels.
- They only discovered the walnuts after Holly Persic smelled something burning while she was driving the car and pulled over.
- Chris Persic said he pulled as many walnuts as he could out of the car before taking it to a local auto shop. He said a mechanic then filled half a trashcan worth of walnuts while removing them from the engine.
- “Pretty sure our yard is the home-base for their squirrel army,” he told Insider.
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A Pennsylvania couple got a nutty surprise earlier this week when they discovered squirrels had stored more than 200 walnuts in the hood of their car.
Chris Persic, of Franklin Park, Pennsylvania, posted about the ordeal on Facebook, saying his wife, Holly, smelled something burning while she was driving on Monday. When she pulled over and opened the hood, she found dry grass and hundreds of walnuts put there by squirrels.
“We have never seen anything like that, and neither did our auto mechanic,” Persic told Insider in a Facebook message. “The squirrels really worked hard to collect that many walnuts!”
The Persics took the car to a nearby auto shop, where mechanics cleaned out half a trashcan’s worth of walnuts from the truck’s engine area.
“My wife uses her car for work, and just drove it on Friday last week. So it only sat without running for the weekend,” Persic told Insider. “They were busy!”
While there was no extensive damage to the truck, the squirrels did chew through an electrical cord under the hood that needed to be repaired.
Persic told Insider that none of his neighbors have had any issues with walnuts in their cars. But he and his family have a walnut tree directly above their driveway, which makes the car a convenient location for squirrel storage.
“We have a ton of squirrels and chipmunks around our house. You can literally hear them when you walk outside,” he said. “Pretty sure our yard is the home-base for their squirrel army.”
Their next move is to start parking the car in the garage — it’s a place the squirrels hopefully can’t reach. Persic said they’re also going to check under the hood a little more often.