Squirrels Store Over 200 Walnuts, Grass Under the Hood of Woman’s Kia

Squirrels turn Kia engine into their own storage space 10 photos
Photo: Facebook / Chris Persic
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Of all the things you would expect to see when you pop the hood of your car, this is probably last on the list: a large quantity of walnuts and grass, making for an impressive winter storage for the squirrels living in the tree outside your home.
It happened this week to a Pittsburgh-area couple who failed to do some regular checkups on the engine of their Kia. Though they had marveled at the many walnuts that had fallen on their cars from the black walnut tree outside their home, and they had seen the squirrels busy about, they never imagined they would turn one of their cars into a storage place.

Chris Persic writes on Facebook that he was out in a rental because his own truck was in for repairs, when he got a call from his wife. She told him that she smelled burning from the engine of her Kia and that there was a strange, rattling sound. Chris advised her to go outside and pop the hood to check on the engine, and report back to him. When she did, she included a photo of the strange find: walnuts and grass.

Chris went over and worked for one full hour to clear what the busy squirrels had brought in: over 200 walnuts and grass, which they even managed to get under the engine. Only after that he could take the car in for proper repairs.

“Long story short, if you park outside, do yourself a favor and check under the hood every once in awhile. 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,” Chris writes on social media.

He also spoke to KDKA-TV about the strange incident, revealing that he and his wife had actually been talking about having the walnut tree cut down. This incident has prompted them to take a quote to have it removed.

“Funny thing is I was thinking that for how massive the tree is, and how many walnuts have fallen (and how many dents our vehicle received), there really aren’t many on the ground,” Persic says. “Turns out my truck may have had a squirrel chew through or pull the fuel injector hose out.”

Persic doesn’t say anything about the damage to the Kia, but seeing how his wife was able to drive with walnuts and all, it’s probably nothing that can’t be fixed.

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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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