Thursday, August 24, 2006

When Squirrels Attack!

It is interesting to note that this incident happened the same weekend as the previous two blog entries.

My father-in-law is a retiree of ITW. This year, ITW hosted an outing for it's employees and retirees at Arlington Park, a horse racing track which happens to be one of mine and his favorite places. He was allowed to bring one family member, so he invited me. Free food, free booze and admission...too bad they did not provide the money to gamble with too! Anyway, we both had a good time.

My father-in-law left his car at my house and we drove to the track together. After the races were finished, we went back to the house and visited with Mrs. Colon Blow for a few minutes. When he decided to go home, we all went outside and were surprised to see a squirrel sitting on the roof of his car.

We all thought that was pretty cute, until we walked up to the car. When he opened the door he immediately began to wonder why there were small, black pieces of rubber strewn all over the passenger seat of his car. My father-in-law had left the front windows of his car open about an inch. It appears that the squirrel had chewed and destroyed about 4 inches of the rubber insulation around the front passenger window of his car.
We have several theories as to why this squirrel would choose to do this. The first is that we discovered a squirrel nest in a tree directly next to his car. Maybe the squirrel was trying to get into it to find food for it's young ones. The second thing we learned was that the son of one our neighbors leaves his car window open all the time with food in it, and that the squirrels take food whenever they want.

My wife's theory is that her father is always getting leftover bags of peanuts from Wrigley Field where he works. He uses these peanuts to feed the squirrels in his neighborhood. She thinks that the squirrel could smell the peanuts and was trying to get into the car. I think she is correct along with perhaps one of the other reasons I mentioned above.

Whatever the reason, I am keeping my car parked in the garage with the windows closed!


At 10:42 AM, August 25, 2006, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Looks like the squirrels also have a faible for pumpkin.

BTW, if there are peanuts around, they will find the source in record time

At 2:21 PM, August 25, 2006, Blogger The Big Finn said...

Madame CS -
C'est faible en fran├žais, and it is foible (or weakness) in English.

At 8:06 AM, August 26, 2006, Blogger Mrs. TBF said...

Poor F-I-L...he doesn't look happy. Maybe you could cheer him up by strumming a few notes on a know 3 strings on a squirrel's a _ _.

At 2:17 AM, August 27, 2006, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Okay, then "foible" for you TBF! ;-)

At 7:05 AM, August 28, 2006, Blogger The Medium Swede said...

I have never played the squirellette, but would like to learn. We have been beseiged by squirrels as well. They seem to enjoy our screen house in the backyard. They also invade our jack-o-lanterns each year at Halloween.

At 11:29 AM, September 03, 2006, Blogger The Big Finn said...

Hey...what happened this weekend? Let us know...

At 6:19 PM, September 06, 2006, Blogger The Sour Kraut said...

Years ago, when our boys were very little, I took them to McDonalds. I sat in the rear seat of our minivan with both side doors open to let a breeze through. I squirrel ran into our van to grab our food. What a sight I must have been yelling and waving my arms frantically like a crazy person.

At 3:30 PM, September 07, 2006, Blogger The Big Finn said...

Hey...King just called to let me know that squirrels stormed into the house and ran off with his cat food. Damn! He is pissed off!!!


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