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

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

(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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(Reuters) – Squirreling away supplies for winter took on a whole new meaning for a couple in the United States, after they discovered a hoodful. Walnuts and grass hidden by squirrels are seen under the hood of a car , in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, U.S. in this October 7, 2019 image

Walnuts and grass hidden by squirrels are seen under the hood of a car , in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, U.S. in this October 7, 2019 image obtained via social media. Chris and Holly Persic via REUTERS.

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.

Related Slideshow: 15 Squirrel Facts for Squirrel Appreciation Day (Provided by Mental Floss)

a person flying through the air on top of a tree: In one study [PDF] of the tree-dwelling plantain squirrels that roam the campus of the National University of Singapore, squirrels were observed jumping almost 10 feet at a stretch. In another study with the eastern ground squirrel, one researcher observed a squirrel jumping more than 8 feet between a tree stump and a feeding platform, propelling itself 10 times the length of its body. Flying squirrels, obviously, can traverse much farther distances midair—the northern flying squirrel, for instance, can glide up to 295 feet [PDF].
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)

Before traveling, pay attention to rules relating to winter tires .
If you want to go abroad for a winter vacation, it is better to inform yourself beforehand about the rules applicable to winter tires. The European Consumer Center Germany (EVZ) informs about this and shows a corresponding map on its website. © Photo: Andrea Warnecke / dpa-tmn Not without the right tires: With the right road conditions, winter tires are mandatory in Germany. Other regulations apply in other European countries.

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