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Weird News Squirrels' stash of winter walnuts causes car chaos

18:05  09 october  2019
18:05  09 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Holly Persic was driving to a library in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, when she noticed the car seemed strange. "My wife called me from Northland Library and said that her car smelt like it was burning, and was making a weird sound," Chris Persic said in a Facebook post that has since gone.

The squirrels around Holly and Chris Persic’s home seem to be stocking up for the winter by taking walnuts from their yard in Pittsburgh and shoving them Holly was driving her car Monday when she thought it smelled like it was burning and was making a strange sound. When she popped the hood

(Reuters) - Squirreling away supplies for winter took on a whole new meaning for a couple in the United States, after they discovered a hoodful of walnuts and grass in their car.

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Couple finds squirrels ' winter stash of walnuts , grass, hay under car hood. October 9, 2019 at 12:50 AM EDT - Updated October 9 at 12:50 AM. Holly Persic discovered the stash of walnuts , grass and hay after she smelled burning and heard a weird noise from her car .

It took about an hour to pull everything out from under the hood, and the walnuts filled up half a trash can. By | October 9, 2019 at 12:48 AM EDT - Updated October 9 at 12:48 AM.

Holly Persic was driving to a library in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, when she noticed the car seemed strange.

"My wife called me from Northland Library and said that her car smelt like it was burning, and was making a weird sound," Chris Persic said in a Facebook post that has since gone viral.

Holly opened the hood to find an engine full of walnuts neatly packed in grass, presumably stored there by squirrels over the weekend, when the vehicle had been parked in the open.

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Chris spent almost an hour cleaning out "over 200 (not an exaggeration) walnuts and grass from under the hood", he continued in the post.

The couple seemed to take the incident in their stride. 

"There's definitely an angry squirrel wife right now wondering where all the nuts went", Chris said. 

(Reporting by Nur-Azna Sanusi; Writing by Karishma Singh; Editing by Alison Williams)

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