Couple discovers 'insane' reason behind car's burning smell

Squirrelling away supplies for winter took on a whole new meaning for a couple in the United States after they discovered their car’s bonnet was full of walnuts and grass.

Holly Persic was driving to a library in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, when she noticed there was something wrong with her car.

"My wife called me from Northland Library and said that her car smelt like it was burning, and was making a weird sound," Chris Persic said in a Facebook post that has since gone viral.

Walnuts and grass hidden by squirrels are seen under the hood of a car. Source: Reuters/Chris and Holly Persic

Holly opened the hood to find an engine full of walnuts neatly packed in grass, presumably stored there by squirrels at the weekend when the vehicle had been parked in the open.

Chris spent almost an hour cleaning out "over 200 (not an exaggeration) walnuts and grass from under the hood", he continued in the post.

The couple seemed to take the incident in their stride.

"There's definitely an angry squirrel wife right now wondering where all the nuts went,” Chris said.

One man commented on the situation was “insane”.

The walnuts and grass caused a burning smell in the car. Source: Reuters/Holly and Chris Persic

“Y’all need some squirrel repellant under the hoods,” he said.

“This made me check under my hood. Thanks for the tip,” another said.

According to animal rights organisation PETA, squirrels often bury nuts and seeds to survive harsh winters.

“Squirrels don’t always remember where they stored their supply of seeds and nuts for the winter,” it says on its website.

“Because squirrels often fail to reclaim the buried food, abandoned seeds and nuts often take root, establishing trees and other plants in new locations.”

– With Reuters

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