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Old November 29th, 2004, 08:10 PM
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My car would not start this morning. Well, it's 14 years old. Keith had it towed to the mechanic. When the mechanic opened the hood, a rat jumped out! It had, indeed, chewed some wiring.

We've had problems with tree rats for years. They got in the attic a few years ago and chewed on wiring for the alarm system. Tree rats are very destructive, but I never thought they'd be a problem for my car!

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Old November 29th, 2004, 08:32 PM
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Yuck! Thank goodness nothing jumped out at YOU!!
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Old November 29th, 2004, 10:43 PM
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Well, I've had ALOT of no-start mornings over the years, but it's always been the COLD, never a RAT! That's a new one on me! What a story Judy, glad I wasn't there!

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Old November 30th, 2004, 12:27 AM
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Judy - once I was having troubles with a car I owned, and when the mechanic opened the hood he found evidence of chipmunks being in my engine!!! Not as far fetched as it seems....cats seem to find the engines a warm place to rest, so why shouldn't other furry creatures?

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Old November 30th, 2004, 02:08 AM
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Lisa, I know! We find evidence of cats (or other furry creatures?) sleeping on the hoods of our cars. We live at the edge of a county game reserve, so it's no surprise that critters are around. Just wish they'd abide by human boundaries! !

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Judy, I am glad it did not jump on you!!

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Old November 30th, 2004, 12:40 PM
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Judy:
If you have tree rats I would be walking around with a 12 gauge shotgun. <VBG> I hope they don't cause any more damage.

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Old November 30th, 2004, 03:31 PM
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Eeeeeyewwwww!! that was horrible. The only thing I can think of that would be worse is if it were a snake.

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Old November 30th, 2004, 03:59 PM
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Don't worry CruiseNut2, the snake is still hiding out at BigJohn's place! !

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Judy-When I was a kid,my sister's cat curled up on the engine of my Dad's truck...he started it. He had the only fur-lined fan belt in the county.Oh, the cat lived to be 22 years old but he had a really crooked tail. Must of lost only his first life.!!!!!!
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I'd just drop dead from a fit of hysteria right there in the drive way if a rat jumped out of my car. I don't know if I'd ever be able to open the hood again.

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Happened to my daughter too. I had instructed her to always check the oil when she gets gas, and when she popped the hood a pack rat jumped out causing much hysteria! Since she had to leave her car outside we started leaving a floodligt underneath the front of the car...this works pretty well for packrats...don't know about tree rats. I don't think my daughter is as good about checking the oil as she was before this incident!

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