Unwelcome Campers

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I found some unwelcome campers, here's how it transpired:

Sunday i take my dogs to the park for a walk, afterwards i stopped at the grocery store for some stuff for dinner. When i came out of the store my truck would not start. :think: It seemed like a dead battery which didn't seem too likely as it's a pretty new truck. I opened up the hood to find about a bushel of grass/twigs/branches/leaves. The damn engine compartment was crammed full! I thought a racoon had made a nest in there.

Well - got a jump and was able to get the truck home but it was evident that there was something wrong electrically (acted like a failing alternator). I had to go to Mexico the next morning for a few days and got back this evening - opened up the hood to see what damage might have occured Sunday and bammo - the same thing. Only this time there is a squirrel staring me in the face. She scampers away and i can hear her babies crying. :whiner:

I felt bad as i cleared away the second bushel of grass/twigs/branches/leaves/electrical wiring/vacuum hoses/and other miscellaneous engine parts as i knew that i would come across the babies eventually. Well - i did find them and came to the realization that it's a truck and not a maternity ward. So i gently scouped them up and placed them under Wendys' pillow. Boy will she be pissed when she finds them tonight!!

OK - so i didn't really do that - but it did cross my mind. :debil:

So now here i am - i just killed two little squirrels and the wiring and vacuum lines in my engine compartment are on par with confeity. I have to get the truck towed to the dealer as there are so many wires and other items eaten away that i'm afraid to even try to start it.

This is going to probably be slightly expensive. :ugg:

OK - i'm done venting.
 

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Lou can hook you up with some great BBQ sauce! :)
 

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I do love that KC BBQ sauce from Lou! I thought that the little ones would make an interesting appetizer - maybe deep fried (although i am not really a fried food person). :joke:
 

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I had a similar experience; three baby squirrels presented themselves in the battery box of my tractor one day. No damage to the tractor, but I knew what was gonna happen. Mama was no-where to be found.

I was going to "put them to sleep", but my 8 year old Kristy wandered up and wanted to know:

"Daddy . . . . .Whatcha doin'"

"Uhhh . . . . ahhh . . . . rescuing these here baby squirrels Sweetheart."

"Oh! goody!! What are we going to name them?"

"Uhhh . . . . . um . . . . .errrrrr . . . . . arghhhh!!! . . . . What do you think we should name them Pumpkin?"

And so I was hopelessly trapped. The three babies took residence in the bathtub, we were feeding them with an eyedropper with very little sucess. Two of the little fellers just sort of slipped away :whiner: , but the biggest one was looking good. Eating well. By golly I think this one is going to make it! We named it Gilligan.

Then the fateful day came when Kristy came into the living room;

"Daddy! You should see BB playing with Gilligan!"

BB is the family cat. :ohmy:

How did I ever get into this mess? :flame:

Gilligan is resting comfortably under the azalea bush now.

And Kristy somehow doesn't feel quite the same about BB. Indeed, everytime that stupid show comes on TV, Kristy and I exchange meaningful glances . . . . .

"Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale . . . .a tale of a fateful trip." :whiner:
 

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Years ago i worked at a Budweiser distributorship , we had a squirrel that we would give a few peanuts too everyday at lunch.. He knew the time and would wander inside the warehouse.. One day, i hear the mechanic right outside start yelling and cussing, run out (thinking he was hurt) and saw out lil buddy being taken away by a hawk :debil:
 

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gospeedracer said:
You KILLED them??!! :|
Killed them?? :uh: Why i would never do such a thing. I think it was the extreme cold that killed them when i set them on the ground while i was working on the mess of wires in my truck.
 

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ain't nufin' better'n a batch o' squirrel stew . . .
 

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exactly, Reginald.

and that's a really pretty coat
 
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Saw a bumper sticker a couple weeks ago

In large print-
"I love animals-"





In small print-
"They taste real good"
 

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ain't nufin' better'n a batch o' squirrel stew . . .
Pred - just let me know if you want the youngn's. I'll drop them in the mail with some dry ice. Although i dno't think that there will be enough for a batch of stew you should get a nice snack out of them.
 

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Well - the truck's all fixed. :) Cost was under my insurance deductable ($250) so i did not turn it in.

BUT - Now i have another issue to deal with. :| The mechanic calls me and says that he's finished but that he can't really testdrive the truck since he can't drive down the road more than 30mph without the tonno cover flapping all over the place. It seems that the AAA tow service towed my truck backwards on the flatbed that they brought and the wind must have caugght the cover and broke the aluminum side rails on either side of the truck bed. Hopefully it will not be a huge fight with AAA to get the thing repaired to my liking or replaced.