A North Dakota man came home from a four-day work trip to find a rather unexpected surprise: 42 gallons worth of black walnuts stored inside his Chevy Avalanche by a very “nutty” squirrel. Bill Fischer couldn’t believe his eyes when he found the truck chock full of nuts and shared the strangely amusing experience on Facebook.
The nuts were literally everywhere. The squirrel who collected them all was really serious about cramming them into Fischer’s car – even the engine compartment and the fenders were stuffed! Fischer had to remove them all and ended up filling seven 6-gallon containers.
They were pretty hard to get rid of too. “I had to pull the fenders off and clean out all the walnuts out, and thought I had them all and took it down the road, turned the corner and found one rolling down the windshield where the wipers go,” Fischer told the Grand Forks Herald. What a nightmare!
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Fischer revealed that the red squirrels in his neighborhood have been using his truck to store their walnuts since back in 2013. Thankfully, the walnuts are only produced every two years, so he does at least get a break! “I’ve got other vehicles that sit very close to that tree, and it’s always my truck,” he told The Washington Post. “I’ve even parked purposely out on the street — as far away as I can from the walnut tree — and they still go find the Avalanche and hide them in there.” However, this time has to be a record.
Thankfully, Fischer has figured out a way to deal with it. He knows that whenever the walnuts start falling, he’s going to have to check his truck. However, he doesn’t start cleaning it up until there are no walnuts left under the tree or the truck will only fill up again. “The squirrel will sit in the tree and watch me clean up the walnuts almost like: ‘That’s mine, buddy,’ as he’s watching me clean up his winter storage,” Fischer joked.
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