Saturday, October 16, 2021

    A hardworking squirrel stuffs walnuts into every nook and cranny of man’s pickup.


    A North Dakota man had to disassemble his Chevy Avalanche pickup to retrieve the hundreds of walnuts that a busy squirrel had loaded it with after leaving the vehicle parked under a walnut tree.

    Bill Fischer, an insurance salesman from Fargo, North Dakota, returned home from a four-day business trip earlier this month to find his Chevy Avalanche pickup loaded to the brim with walnuts. A red squirrel in Bill’s neighbourhood apparently finds the walnuts of a gorgeous black walnut tree attractive, and every autumn it goes about collecting them up and storing them for the winter.

    The trouble is that it always appears to favour Bill’s truck as storage, and this year was no exception. In fact, it was worse than normal, with 42 gallons of walnuts jammed all over the car.

    “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 newspaper. “It was planning on camping there for the winter.”

    A squirrel has been using Bill Fischer’s truck as a walnut store since 2013, filling it with walnuts the size of lemons. The 56-year-old adds that there is obviously something about his automobile that the squirrel likes, despite the fact that there are other other cars parked near the walnut tree, and he has even tried parking it further away from it. It is constantly tracked down by the fuzzy critter, who stores walnuts in it.

    Photo: Bill Fischer/Facebook

    Only this year, it set a record in terms of quantity. The insurance salesman returned home from a business trip to find it stuffed to the brim with walnuts. The engine compartment, the fenders, they were all crammed with walnuts, and Fischer claims he filled 6 seven-gallon buckets with the squirrel’s stockpile, more than ever before, and he still has more he can’t reach.

    “I have some rolling around the frame and rails wells that I can’t get to,” the Fargo guy explained.

    Photo: Bill Fischer/Facebook

    Over the years, Bill Fischer has learned to wait until there are no more walnuts beneath the tree to start the cleanup of his Chevy Avalanche, otherwise, the squirrel will only put more nuts in it when he’s done. The engine compartment is its favourite place, but she’ll put walnuts anywhere they’ll fit.

    “The squirrel will sit in the tree and watch me pick up the walnuts, almost as if to say, ‘That’s mine, buddy,’ as he cleans up his winter storage,” Fischer explained.




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