When I first heard about some squirrel friends filling a Kia up with nuts, I almost legally changed my name to Kia. But these squirrel friends are actual squirrels, and I ain’t into bestiality, and the nuts were walnuts. But today’s HSOTD are genius squirrels who may have been hoping for some roasted nuts in the wintertimes and decided that the easiest and best way to do that is to hide their nuts in the hood of a car.
Holly Persic of Pittsburgh was driving along in her Kia Sorrento on Monday when her nostrils were smelled with the scent of something burning. Now, since I’ve got paranoia running through my veins and have seen one too many videos of cars spontaneously combusting, I’d immediately unhook my seatbelt, open the door, and bust a roll out of there (before probably getting hit by an oncoming semi). But Holly did the reasonable thing when she pulled over and popped the hood of her car. Holly may have said what my GI screamed when the endoscopy scope reached my stomach, and that’s: There’s nothing but weed and nuts in there!
Holly discovered that neighborhood squirrels have been getting walnuts from a tree in her yard and stored them in her car. Holly’s husband posted this on Facebook:
Here’s a little PSA for everyone on this rainy Monday:Rodents and vehicles do not mix… My wife called me from…
Chris tells CNN that there were 200 walnuts and a ton of grass under the hood. The walnuts only started falling off the tree a few weeks ago, so Chris says the squirrels worked fast. They did wonder why there weren’t that many walnuts on the ground, and now they know why. It took them an hour to clean that mess up so they could take Holly’s Kia to the repair shop. There was no damage, but Chris says that it could’ve been bad:
If it weren’t for the rain, Chris said he thinks this would have been less of a funny story. The grass under the hood was damp, but he thinks it could have caught fire if it wasn’t.“It was more or less just smoldering,” he said. “Something crazy that happened, that could’ve turned out bad, ended up being a little funny.”