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Guy Hears Funny Noise And Can’t Believe What He Finds In His Car

Squirrels are constantly on the lookout for the best place to store their food, but one cheeky rodent felt she’d found it.

Gabe Awrey was at work in Gaylord, Michigan, on Friday when his supervisor and buddy, Kellen Moore, urged him to walk outside.

Moore and Awrey exited the building and popped the hood of Moore’s Dodge Journey. Awrey stared in surprise at the massive pile of pine cones that surrounded every element of the engine and wiring.

“My boss discovered the pine cones after he arrived at work and noticed his car was making a strange sound after he attempted turning on the AC,” Awrey said to The Dodo. “He proceeded to open up the engine bay and discover all 50 pounds of pine cones.”


Awrey took a photo of the incredible scene and shared it on Facebook, along with a warning to all automobile owners. “At this time of year, remember to inspect your engine compartments!” Awrey posted something on Facebook. “The squirrels are cunning. Today’s car belonged to a friend!”

The two began gently removing the sticky pine cones from the engine area, which took around 45 minutes.

Awrey wrote on Facebook, “literally every vacant area in that engine bay was FILLED.” “The heat from the engine also opened up all of these bad guys, causing them to become trapped in certain areas.”

Despite their efforts, the car is still covered with pine cones. “Some are still lodged in the bumpers on the interior [of] the wheel wells,” Awrey said. “His car is only a month old, he bought it used, and there was nothing in the engine when he checked it out. The car still works fine though.”


The two agreed that squirrels were the most likely culprits. Though pine cones may not appear to be a delightful treat, the nutrient-rich seeds hiding behind the rough surface make the effort worthwhile. Though difficult to remove in the winter, pine cones open up and release their “pine nuts” when the weather warms.

Squirrels don’t always keep their hoard underground or in trees; to outwit their opponents, they’ll select other, more difficult-to-reach locations for their caches. A well-insulated car must have appeared to be the ideal hiding spot.

Awrey’s post has gone viral in just a few days, with over a thousand shares. It has even prompted other Facebook users to share photographs of their own unfortunate run-ins with wildlife.


Cars tend to attract all kinds of small animals — and, in particular, beneath the hood might appear to be the ideal warm, safe area for nesting. Anyone who has discovered one of these hiding locations will attest that it may be a thrilling experience.

During the spring breeding season, mother squirrels can even establish nests within vehicle engines. The Toronto Wildlife Center recommends “humane harassment” to get rid of squirrels in a car without breaking up the family, such as popping the hood, shining bright lights under the car, playing talk radio, and bombarding them with unpleasant smells, such as rags soaked in apple cider vinegar or soiled kitty litter, until Mom decides to relocate somewhere safer.


Finding a squirrel’s hidden hoard, according to Awrey, is very typical in Michigan. “But mainly in terms of discovering acorns in your air filters and something like that,” Awrey said. “He’s never had anything like this happen to him before.”


After all that effort, it’s a shame the squirrel’s meticulously curated food stash vanished.

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