Woodchuck causes $1,800 damage to car

OMAHA, April 6 (UPI) -- A Nebraska woman said a woodchuck that found its way under the hood of her car caused $1,800 in damage to the vehicle.

Merrilee Faubel said the woodchuck was discovered after her car would not start Monday and tow truck driver Rosie Grabow raised the hood of the Honda, the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald reported.


"You see pretty much everything in this business," Grabow said. "But I've never seen a woodchuck in an engine -- I didn't think it would fit."

Wayne Rapp, service manager at O'Daniel Honda, said the damage caused by the woodchuck was the worst animal-related car damage he had seen that did not involve a deer. Workers said they could not find a wire under the hood of the car that had not been gnawed by the rodent.

Faubel said her insurance is covering all but $250 of the repair costs.

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