Squirrel Deposits Hundreds of Nuts in a Vauxhall Astra, Nearly Ruins It

What's with animal life and cars these days? You all remember how a bunch of spiders liked so much the fuel system in the America Mazda6, that they forced the Japanese auto maker to conduct a 65,000 units big recall in North America. Mammals, on the other hand, seem to like European-flavored models.

In the UK, one of the most popular models available is the Vauxhall Astra, the local version of Opel's best selling model. As it seems, it's not only humans that dig the car, but squirrels as well. Even if, for all intents and purposes, each found a different use for the car.

A 59-year old man from the UK, whose name is of no importance, decided to take his 2003 Astra to a local service, after discovering it doesn't function properly. The mechanics, as soon as they opened the hood, were able to tell him what the problem was: nuts.

Apparently, a squirrel found the Astra to be a very cool food depository and managed to squeeze in the engine compartment, repeatedly, with hundreds of nuts and seeds. Most of the food, ironically, came from the man's own house, as he explains.

“There were literally hundreds of them stashed in there! My mother-in-law regularly puts seeds out for the birds next to where I park the car, so the squirrel must have taken them from there and hidden them in the airbox.”

The even stranger thing is that this is not the first time a rodent found the man's Astra appealing. A while back, rats had chewed through the HT leads in the car and forced the man to pay GBP1,400 on repairs.

The mechanics had only one piece of advice for the man: “check your car regularly, as it is those vehicles left unattended for long periods of time that it tends to happen to.”
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About the author: Daniel Patrascu
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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