Jul 31

Tue '12

Unwelcome Guests

While we were away camping, my Dad offered to top off my windshield wiper fluid. Sure, who am I to say no? He went off to do the task when I heard him calling me over. I thought, oh come on Dad, you know engines better than I do, you must know where to put the fluid. Well much to my surprise, he wanted to ask me how long the nest has been in my engine. WHAT?! I couldn’t believe it! There was actually a creature’s nest in my engine. I automatically thought it must have been built over the past 24 hours while we were out camping in the wilderness.

So we found an old coat hanger and tried to get the grass and straw out of the engine. It was all in such a small nook that it was really quite hard to get at. We also wanted to be sure that we didn’t disconnect any important wires or anything. Well there was SO much straw stuck in there. We figured it had to have been there for a long time because the animals would not have had enough time to build such an expansive nest. I got an oil change about a month ago and you would think they would have told me if they saw the nest in there.

We tried our best to get as much of the nesting out as we could, but there were areas we just could not reach. I’ll have to get a pair of long pliers and try to get out all the remaining straw. I don’t want it to cause any problems with the engine. I don’t even know if it’s possible to start on fire or not, but better be safe than sorry.

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Peter and I live in an area of Calgary right off of Fish Creek National Park and so we get a lot of animals in our area. My dad and I are not quite sure what kind of animal decided to make its nest in my car, but it would have to be pretty small as the nest was built into many nooks and crannies. I am just so surprised that the nest withstood the 390km drive to Cranbrook. Plus Mom and I drove an additional 450km to Kalispell, MT and back. Those animals really know what they are doing. Hopefully because we destroyed their masterpiece, they will stay clear of my car from now on.

I guess I will just have to lift my hood more often to check if any more animals have chosen it as their home.

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4 Responses to “Unwelcome Guests”

  • Hev
    August 1, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    *wink & a big goofy grin* Geesh, they just wanted a nice warm place to sleep. You are being a heartless human being. Don’t you know you are not supposed to drive your car around. Geesh, what kind of person are you.

    Just kidding, you know that. The animal got that sucker in there nice & tight. LOL

  • Karin
    August 3, 2012 @ 1:23 am

    Yikes… Rats maybe? At least you haven’t found any animal in there, right? Someone I know found a dead squirrel under his hood once :sick:

    I don’t get why any animal would want to build a home in a car though. I mean, yes it’s warm and sheltered – but it’s also in a moving machine! Shouldn’t they freak out and abandon ship the first time you start the car and drive away? Brave little things…

    • Carolynne
      August 3, 2012 @ 6:17 am

      Actually we are fortunate enough in Alberta to not have any rats in our province. Knock on wood that it stays that way! 😉

  • Kim
    August 6, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    Wow and yikes! Surprised your garage(?) didn’t notice when you had your oil change!

    Why would they even want to nest under the bonnet (hood) of a car? Wow

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