Back in 2018, a Michigan man's photo went viral when snapped a shot of nearly 50 pounds of pinecones photo under the hood his car, seemingly placed there by a squirrel. According to Mlive.com, Gaylord resident Kellen Moore first noticed something was off when the air conditioner in his Dodge Journey began making an odd noise, but didn't realize what the cause was until he popped the hood to inspect further. However, when he and his co-worker, Gabe Awrey, started investigating, it didn't take long to figure out what had happened: squirrels were building a nest inside his car.
"This stuff happens a lot up here," Gabe Awrey told Mlive.com "It happens to everyone eventually. But not at this scale. At the worst you find some acorns in your air filter or what not. Everyone who has seen this can't believe it. It's the perfect set up for a squirrel though. Nice and insulated, lots of food with the pine cones. Pretty practical until your nest dives away."
It was Awrey's photo that later went viral once it hit the Facebook page of a popular meteorologist in the area.
The squirrels had apparently been stashing the pine cones for quite some time. It took two people 45 minutes to clear out the squirrel's hard work. Those squirrels are always getting into trouble, right? Regardless of how inconvenient it is to have to clean out this many pinecones, you have to respect the determination of such a small animal. It's hard to believe those little critters could move this much weight on their own.