Who Wins? WI College Student’s Car Vs Pesky Squirrel’s Walnuts
It's the age-old confrontation of man versus beast or in this case, college student against squirrel.
Do College Students Bring Cars To School?
Back when I went to college, many students didn't have cars at school. They either didn't own one or just left it at home. You can usually get by without one. It's difficult to find places to park for long periods of time and could cost a lot of money. Plus, there's the maintenance. Extra cash isn't something that people attending a university has lying around for expenses like that.
In this case, the student is attending Marquette University in Milwaukee. Adding a major city to a college campus makes it even harder to park your vehicle. Luckily, he has an uncle that lives close by so the car stays parked there.
Midwest Squirrels Are Preparing For Winter
Squirrels don't hibernate. Instead, they make a nest and hang out there during the winter. In the fall, they gather things like nuts and store them in their home. The animals have to collect enough to last the whole season so they need a pretty good size storage area. Sometimes, they even find alternate locations to keep the food.
Wisconsin College Student Vs Squirrel
When you open the hood of your car, you expect to find an engine, right?
There should all sorts of vehicle components like wires, headlights, and a place for window washer fluid and oil... but what there shouldn't be is more than 1,500 walnuts.
What Did The Squirrel Do To This Car?
Since the college student will leave his car sitting for long periods of time, his uncle will go out and start it. Recently, the vehicle just didn't sound right. He turned it off and back on. Things seemed to be okay. A couple of days later, he spotted a squirrel coming out from under the vehicle. When the animal saw him it started making outrageous noises.
The uncle decided to check out his nephew's car more thoroughly. When he popped open the hood, he was shocked to see hundreds of walnuts in and around the engine. Apparently, the squirrel thought it would be a great storage place for his winter food. With the help of friends and several hours' worth of work, they pulled 1,600 nuts from the vehicle.
Luckily the car is fine now. Let this be a lesson for all of us. If you leave a vehicle sitting outside for long periods of time, make sure the squirrels don't use it for storage.