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Dated: 18 March 2011

Vauxhall Astra: Best Place to Store Nuts


Imagine for a second that you are a squirrel. Take all the time you need to get into character...

Ready? Ok, so you’re a squirrel, where do you think is the best place to store your hoard of nuts over the Christmas period? That’s right, in a 2003 Vauxhall Astra.

You may laugh, but one hibernating rodent actually took to storing their supply of nuts in the car of a Warwick motorist – John Gold.

The nutty loot was discovered by mechanics at a garage in Warrington, after Mr Gold booked in for a car service.

In an interview with the Coventry Telegraph, John Gold said, “I noticed my car was juddering and there was an odd rattle. A few times I also noticed a faint smell of nuts but thought nothing of it.

“When I took it to the garage I couldn’t quite believe what they were telling me. There were literally hundreds of nuts stashed in there.”

It appears as though the determined animal had deposited the nuts after squeezing itself down a narrow air vent.

John Perry, the Manager of the garage said, “When we lifted up the bonnet to investigate the problem, we certainly weren’t expecting to find a hoard of nuts.”

“We were very surprised the car was still running, as the nuts were completely blocking the filter.

“Rodents can sometimes find their way into car bonnets and can cause quite considerable damage. Right next to the air intake is the Engine Control Unit. If the squirrel had started to chew the wires it could have caused very serious damage to the vehicle.”

We don't know about you, but we feel a bit bad for the squirrel. After all that hard work, it had nothing to show for it...

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