An elderly driver has been left astounded after a sly squirrel sneaked into her car and stuffed the engine full of nuts.
The unnamed owner, from Poole Keynes in the Cotswolds, brought her car into her local repair centre after she found that it was faulty and couldn’t travel any faster than 40mph.
After a series of standard tests, mechanics lifted up the bonnet and were shocked to find that every nook and cranny in the engine had been crammed full of nuts, likely stolen from a bird feeder.
Enough nuts to fill a plastic bag
Apparently, a crafty critter had helped himself to food before crawling inside the car’s engine and hiding it in the air filter. In all, enough nuts were stashed inside the car to fill a supermarket carrier bag.
David Evans, the mechanic who worked on the car, spent an hour sucking the nuts out with a vacuum cleaner. He said: “It was rammed solid with nuts. I’ve been doing this job for 18 years and I’ve never seen anything like it.
“I couldn’t believe it. It had been getting into the garage, where she parked the car, and had been climbing right inside the engine bay and squeezing himself into the air filter.”
According to the owner, she had been leaving nuts on a bird table in her back garden. Unbeknownst to her, the furry bandit had been helping himself to them in the middle of the night and storing them for later.
Mr Evans said: “The owner was as shocked as we were. She’d been leaving nuts on a bird table in the back garden, and somebody had been helping himself to them.
“He’d been getting into the garage, where she parked the car, and had been climbing right inside the engine bay and squeezing himself into the air filter. He kept on doing until he couldn’t get any more in.”
Second squirrel attack in two months
This is the second report of squirrel-related car problems in the space of two months, after it was revealed back in January that a London driver had his car eaten by a pack of the ravenous rodents.
Croydon resident Tony Steeles had only owned his new motor less than a week, before walking out one morning to find parts of the aerial chewed off, rubber trim devoured and other damage.
He said: “The aerial’s been chewed off twice, the oxygen sensor’s been damaged and various rubber-like trim parts have been chewed and damaged.”
The only person on his street to be affected by the gang of hungry critters, Tony’s new motor was apparently attacked after the squirrels developed a taste for the new eco-friendly plant-based plastics used on it.
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