Squirrel leaves 42 gallons of walnuts in man’s chevy truck

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A squirrel in Fargo, North Dakota, is a little nuts for walnuts, a little too much, to the extent where this squirrel collected 42 gallons of walnuts and then stored them in a local man’s Chevy Avalanche. 

Bill Fischer said he came home from a four day work trip this month and found his truck was full of black walnuts all throughout the engine bay and the fenders, each about the size of an average lime. 

As Fischer posted photos on his Facebook page, the walnuts were tucked into every single spot they could fit inside the Chevy.  After he removed all of the walnuts, it was enough to fill seven six-gallon containers/buckets. 

‘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,” said Fischer. 

As nuts as it is once, this isn’t the first time this has happened.  Fischer said red squirrels have been using his Chevy truck to store walnuts from his neighbor’s tree about every two years, every year since 2013. 

“I’ve got other vehicles that sit very close to that tree, and it’s always my truck, I’ve even parked purposely out on the street, as far away from the walnut tree and they still go find the Avalanche and hide them in there.” 

Fischer said he has learned how to deal with the nutty squirrel problem over the years, He said when the walnuts fall off of the tree, that it is time to check the engine.  Also, that he has to wait till all of the walnuts are gone, then it’s time to clean the truck out. 

“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,” said Fischer. 

He always expects it, but didn’t know how bad it would be this year. 

Fischer is currently handing out all the walnuts to anybody who wants them. 

Fischer said, “Hurry as these may have a limited availability as I hear the hard working furry tree dweller might be retiring soon due to health reasons! Also the squirrel is dealing with caustic work environment due to a relentless micromanaging supervisor of the canine type.” 

“The squirrel set a record, Most I’ve ever pulled out was for or five 6-gallon buckets.  This year it was seven.”, Said Fischer.