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squirrels stash 50 pounds of pine cones under car hood in northern michigan

A pair of Michigan residents couldn’t believe their eyes when they opened the hood of a car to reveal more than 50 pounds of pine cones that had been stored by an unknown culprit, presumably one with four legs and a bushy tail.

Gaylord resident Kellen Moore arrived at the Iron Pig Smokehouse for work with a shocked look on his face. Noticing his odd expression, Gabe Awrey, a friend and manager at the restaurant, asked what was up.

“Being the good friends that we are, he asked me if I had received some snapchat videos that he had just sent me,” Awrey said. “They didn’t come through, so he pulled up the video on his phone. I was instantly in disbelief, saying something along the lines of ‘When was this? A few weeks ago?'”

Moore had previously found the pine cones when he checked under the hood because his air conditioning was making an odd noise when he turned it on. The phone video wasn’t enough for Awrey, though. He had to see it in person.

Together, the friends walked to the parking lot where Moore’s recently-purchased Dodge Journey was parked, opened the hood and discovered the engine bay packed with pine cones. It took them about 45 minutes to clear out the debris.

“Heat from the engine also made them expand, so some were harder than others,” Awrey said. “He bought this car used about a month and a half ago and there were none then.” They both agree that squirrels are responsible for the stockpile.

“This stuff happens a lot up here,” Awrey said. “It happens to everyone eventually. But not on this scale. At the worst you find some acorns in your air filter or what not. Everyone who has seen this can’t believe it. It’s the perfect set up for a squirrel though. Nice and insulated, lots of food with the pine cones. Pretty practical until your nest drives away.”

“the squirrel in my yard really knows his way around the neighborhood.”

-bob saget

 

credits: mlive.com, gabe awrey

 

 

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55 responses »

  1. It just cost me $6,000.00 to get the wee one’s out of my attic and walls. They got in when the ice in the gutter became too heavy and pulled away from my house over the winter. I used to feed them everyday, but I stopped because of Emily. I still love them but don’t want to go broke because of them. They can be a problem to homeowners and now car owners as well. They are so cute, however, and we’re just trying to live together the best we can.

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  2. I saw a friend’s workshop FILLEd with cones once. They were everywhere. Table, floor, stuffed in the wall cracks, on the shelves, anywhere it was possible for them to store.
    And cheeky! If you had the audacity to go in, all you heard was cussing and little red bodies with bushy tails flying thru the air.

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  3. I love that he thinks they are squirrels​, not a prank!! My detective skills doubt squirrels. Sorry!
    I am bringing lately on “Killing Eve,” on BBCA. Wow, Sandra Oh and cast are amazing!! Just a side note from one female detective to another. 😉

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  4. I live in another part of the country, and never would have imagined such issues in everyday life.
    Perhaps it is good for us to read about what others have to put up with. See life from other sides.
    So many other views – of everything!

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