- Bill Fischer says he came home from a four-day vacation to find walnuts crammed inside his parked truck’s hood.
- Bill says it must be the “geniu” doing of a red squirrel who returns every walnut season.
- The squirrel stashed a total of 182 pounds of walnut inside the trunk.
Bill Fischer returned from a four-day holiday to find out a squirrel had stashed a staggering 182 pounds of nuts inside his parked truck’s hood.
He left his vehicle at home when he went on a trip and decided to open the hood once he returned when he noticed a red squirrel disappearing inside.
Walnuts were stuffed into every nook and cranny of his engine by a smart squirrel.
Bill said he often finds a few nuts stuffed in his truck from the trees near his home — but this is the biggest haul yet.
Bill pulled buckets of walnuts out of his car, emptying nuts from the vehicle’s fenders, engine compartment, windshield, and frame rails — but, he said, there are still some nuts left inside the car that he can’t reach.
“There were four buckets from under the hood, and the fenders were so full that I had to remove with two more buckets,” Bill of Fargo, North Dakota, tells SWNS. “I could only laugh at the situation as it has occurred in the past.”
“This year was a record,” he adds of the squirrel’s impressive four-day stash.
The black walnut tree in his yard has been producing a healthy crop of nuts every two years since 2013, and the bounty often attracts red squirrels.
Bill found a few of the lemon-sized nuts by his truck before he headed off on his trip — but was staggered when he checked on his automobile upon his return on September 12.
“I’ve learned over the years that when I witness the squirrel under the truck or sitting on a wheel to open the hood and do an inspection before driving away,” he said. “I have in the past used a mixture of cayenne pepper and tabasco sauce in a spray mixture under the hood.”
“Up until this year, it was very effective,” he adds.
The insurance agent spent seven hours removing the nuts and ended up with seven buckets of walnuts.
“Some insulation has been chewed for nesting, but so far, nothing keeps it from being drivable,” Fischer says of the squirrel’s effect on his truck. “Life is too short not to laugh at it!”