Video: Baby Squirrels Rescued from Car Engine

by ARLnow.com March 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm 1,098 15 Comments

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington recently rescued a group of newborn baby squirrels from the engine compartment of a car, and the encounter was caught on video.

The AWLA posted the video on YouTube and wrote about it today on the organization’s Facebook page.

“When an Arlington resident took his car in for an inspection, the mechanic noticed a squirrel’s nest under the hood,” the AWLA said. “The mother squirrel had chewed through wires, cables and the container of windshield wiper fluid.”

“The squirrels were taken to a wildlife rehabilitator to be cared for until they are old enough to be released,” the organization noted.

  • DCBuff

    Please release these vermin in the custody of the pets of the week.

    • Alex


  • Andy B

    Those are pinkies and hard to take of at this age. Can only imagine the damage the squirrel (rodent) did. I have the same problem but with rats going in my engine and chewing wires. They did $5K worth of damage and left food and feces in my engine.

    • Yep, squirrels chewed thru fuel pump wires on my car over 12 years ago. Still have intermittent issues with the wire splices. Two years after the event while cleaning my engine, found a walnut stored on the sides of the engine.

      • jon

        Don’t park on the street for extended periods of time?

        • Animal Lover

          It isn’t the squirrels fault don’t blame it

          • Squirrel hater

            The only good squirrel is a dead squirrel.

          • Squirrel hater

            The only good squirrel is a dead squirrel, as I said before.

      • Oh…the squirrels chew the wires to sharpen their teeth. There is deer repellent you can (repeatedly) spray under your car. Some swear mothballs in sock under the hood repeals squirrels. In my case the car was parked in the same spot for a week, but I’ve known cases where the chewing was done in a few hours.

  • m

    I guess inspections serve a purpose after all….

  • xfv

    And yet humans are starving …

    • redneck

      Baby squirrel is delicious.

      • Ziv Bnd

        I was thinking more along the lines of veal squirrel…

  • Fairlington squirrel

    Once the are ready, release them back into Fairlington. Fairlington does not have enough squirrels.

  • Bullwinkle

    I am all for relocating these pinkys – relocating them underwater for about 10 minutes


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