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Denver Airport Overrun by Car-Eating Rabbits

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the night-of-the-lepus dept.

Transportation 278

It turns out the soy-based wire covering on cars built after 2002 is irresistible to rodents. Nobody knows this better than those unlucky enough to park at DIA's Pikes Peak lot. The rabbits surrounding the area have been using the lot as an all-you-can-eat wiring buffet. Looks like it's time to break out The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

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278 comments

Well, I Owe My Friend an Apology (5, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 3 years ago | (#33895688)

I played bass with a drummer that lived far out in the country a few years ago. He was having problems with his brand new Matrix car and when we popped the hood, the spark plug cables leading to the distributor caps were gone. Completely.

Someone was playing a prank on him and I asked him if anyone in his family wanted him stationary for some reason recently. Or perhaps he had upset a neighbor by playing drums late into the night?

No, he told me, groundhogs stole into his garage and crawled up around the engine manifold and ate the cables. Now that was some Car Talk quality humor. I took him to a salvage yard to pick up used cables on the cheap -- the whole way there he described in great detail a groundhog leaving his garage with cables in tow. I figured he was playing quite the elaborate joke, had done something to the wires himself and was embarrassed to admit it or perhaps took more than just tea when he played drums.

Guess I owe him an apology.

Re:Well, I Owe My Friend an Apology (3, Funny)

couchslug (175151) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896220)

Simple solution:

Leave an open pan of glycol antifreeze out for a chaser. :)

Re:Well, I Owe My Friend an Apology (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33896912)

And if someone's pet gets poisoned by it you'll have a chaser.

Re:Well, I Owe My Friend an Apology (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33896498)

Wow, thanks, you finally figured it out. Now, which car would you buy him?

Re:Well, I Owe My Friend an Apology (2, Funny)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896596)

Wow, thanks, you finally figured it out. Now, which car would you buy him?

According to the article, anything made before 2002.

Re:Well, I Owe My Friend an Apology (5, Funny)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896970)

The old bacon-cheeseburger insulated wires were an even bigger problem.

Re:Well, I Owe My Friend an Apology (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#33897300)

The Matrix is plug on coil since they started making them. There is no distributer.

Disappointment (1)

Reilaos (1544173) | more than 3 years ago | (#33895724)

I read the title and was expecting to see a setup for a new Godzilla sequel.

Dear Tires: (5, Funny)

halfEvilTech (1171369) | more than 3 years ago | (#33895742)

Death awaits you all big nasty pointy teeth.

Re:Dear Tires: (1)

smitty777 (1612557) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896318)

What, behind that rabbit?

Re:Dear Tires: (2, Funny)

bev_tech_rob (313485) | more than 3 years ago | (#33897162)

It IS the rabbit!!!

Some have even become cannibalistic (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33895786)

Several rabbits were seen munching on a VW Rabbit.

Re:Some have even become cannibalistic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33896962)

rabbits are cannibalistic anyway. If they run out of food, they will kill and eat each other and do so long before they actually start to starve.

!rodents (5, Informative)

the_one_wesp (1785252) | more than 3 years ago | (#33895794)

Rabbits are actually lagomorphs, not rodents. I realize that mice are mentioned as a problem too, but the number of references to rabbits as rodents is quite offensive.

Re:!rodents (4, Funny)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#33895944)

Well what else can you expect from humans? Honestly, marsupials can be so species-centric sometimes.

Re:!rodents (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33897194)

Honestly, marsupials can be so species-centric sometimes.

Eh... what?

Well, since you're a rabbit I suppose I can forgive you for thinking that humans have pouches. FYI, they don't unless they've had mad scientist surgery.

Re:!rodents (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#33897292)

That was the joke, human slashdotters mix up rodents and lagomorphs, so rabbit slashdotters mix up primates and marsupials.

I guess it wasn't the best execution, so I won't say "woosh."

Re:!rodents (1)

Velcroman1 (1667895) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896026)

Rabbits are actually lagomorphs, not rodents.

I for one welcome our new lagomorphic overlords.

Re:!rodents (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33896080)

Offensive!?! What are you? One of those dirty Lagomorphiles?

Re:!rodents (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33896126)

Rabbits are actually lagomorphs, not rodents.

Ahh, so they're more closely related to peanuts, then?

Re:!rodents (5, Funny)

couchslug (175151) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896150)

"but the number of references to rabbits as rodents is quite offensive."

I'd have posted a similar comment, but got stuck getting out of my fursuit.

Re:!rodents (4, Funny)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896168)

Rabbits are actually lagomorphs, not rodents.

Who knew that Sam & Max would turn out to be so educational?

Re:!rodents (2, Informative)

celticryan (887773) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896542)

Rabbits are actually lagomorphs, not rodents. I realize that mice are mentioned as a problem too, but the number of references to rabbits as rodents is quite offensive.

But they are both Glires, so call it a wash.

Re:!rodents (1)

Ibiwan (763664) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896568)

I'm going to go out on a limb, here, and take a guess that you are, in fact, a White Person [stuffwhitepeoplelike.com]

Re:!rodents (1)

ifrag (984323) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896572)

Mugu Mugu?

quite offensive? (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896574)

are you emotionally invested in the taxonomy of small furry mammals?

whatever you do, do NOT click this link, your level of offense might give you a heart attack, this is abu ghraib level offense:

http://www.fsinet.or.jp/~sokaisha/rabbit/991121/991121.htm [fsinet.or.jp]

Re:quite offensive? (1)

rueger (210566) | more than 3 years ago | (#33897096)

Hmmph - if it's rogue content that you want, go for this [theglobeandmail.com] - at your own risk.. nothing cute and cuddly here.

Re:!rodents (2, Funny)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896602)

wassup Doc? You tell'em, doc!

Re:!rodents (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33896758)

Mind. Blown.

Re:!rodents (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896798)

Since they mentioned both, thay should have used Glires.

oh wait, no one cares.

Re:!rodents (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33896988)

Yes, for a science article, that's not very scientific!

Re:!rodents (1)

MaWeiTao (908546) | more than 3 years ago | (#33897058)

A lagomorph sounds like something that will burst out of your chest and requires a team of space marines to take down.

Re:!rodents (1)

davidbrit2 (775091) | more than 3 years ago | (#33897170)

A lagomorph sounds like something that will burst out of your chest and requires a team of space marines to take down.

Apparently you've never met my rabbits.

Re:!rodents (2, Informative)

bendytendril (1281160) | more than 3 years ago | (#33897236)

I didn't know that. Thanks. I looked up lagomorphs on wikipedia and found that one of the differentiating characteristics bewteen lagomorphs and rodents is that lagomorphs have their scrotum in front of their penis. I guess that helps with hopping :)

Re:!rodents (1)

nbauman (624611) | more than 3 years ago | (#33897318)

the number of references to rabbits as rodents is quite offensive.

Is there something wrong with rodents, you insensitive clod? 8(:o-)E

I wonder... (1)

Codename Dutchess (1782238) | more than 3 years ago | (#33895852)

If this has anything to do with a story my mother told me 10 years ago, about my dad driving over a whole herd of rabbits. Apparently it scarred my mother for life. This could be the rabbits getting back at cars.

Rabbits chew wires regardless (4, Informative)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 3 years ago | (#33895864)

My stepdaughter had a pet rabbit (horrible pets, btw), and it used to love chewing on our computer wires. Had to patch/replace a number of peripherals over a short period of time. *I hates rabbits.*

Re:Rabbits chew wires regardless (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33895964)

*I hates rabbits.*

I like them.

With lots of red cabbage.

Re:Rabbits chew wires regardless (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33896162)

Food rabbits served with rabbit food?
Now I'm afraid you've lost me.

Re:Rabbits chew wires regardless (2, Funny)

Low Ranked Craig (1327799) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896578)

Better with Po-Tay-Toes

Re:Rabbits chew wires regardless (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#33897030)

I like mine battered and fried.

No. not that way! Put down the mallet and jumper cables.

Re:Rabbits chew wires regardless (5, Interesting)

BlackSnake112 (912158) | more than 3 years ago | (#33895998)

If you let them chew on a cable or wire with a little but of current running through it, the rabbit usually stops chewing on wires. Our family had rabbits as pets for a while. One of them liked to chew wires. He chewed the lamp wires. After the shock, he stopped chewing on the wires. The rabbit was alive (he lived another 9 years). His whiskers were a bit singed and shorter. We did have to replace every lamp cord he got to.

Re:Rabbits chew wires regardless (4, Interesting)

smellsofbikes (890263) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896480)

If you let them chew on a cable or wire with a little but of current running through it, the rabbit usually stops chewing on wires. Our family had rabbits as pets for a while. One of them liked to chew wires. He chewed the lamp wires. After the shock, he stopped chewing on the wires. The rabbit was alive (he lived another 9 years). His whiskers were a bit singed and shorter. We did have to replace every lamp cord he got to.

I've had a different experience. My aunt's rabbit chewed through her refrigerator power cable twice, and one of my rabbits, before she was no longer allowed to roam the house, chewed every cable off the back of a computer (all low-current save the power cable) on two occasions. Thing is: if the appliance isn't drawing power right then, they can chew through with impunity, and even if it *is* drawing power, as long as they only chew through one wire at a time they'll just get a quick shock when they cut that wire. And given how dry a rabbit's mouth is, and that it's cutting through with its non-conductive teeth, they might not even notice. This particular rabbit is smart enough to know the meaning of the word "no" and run over to me when I call her name (which my other rabbit is either too stupid or too uninterested in humans to do) so it's not like she's too dumb to learn about getting shocked. I think she just didn't care or didn't notice, or that she didn't get shocked, since she continued chewing on cords subsequently. Wrapping the cables in split looming that had been sprayed with cayenne pepper did discourage them.

Even weirder, I had a squirrel nest in my workshop wall, and when I realized it and evicted them, I tore off the siding to see what damage they'd done. They'd stripped all the outer insulation off the romex in the walls, eaten all the paper that lines the bare ground wire, and eaten all the insulation off the white return line, but the black live line only had a few nicks in the insulation, so either the black vinyl doesn't taste good or squirrels are smarter than rabbits. Of course, they had to live in physical contact with the wires, while the rabbits were just chewing on them occasionally. But with that said, I'm betting squirrels are smarter than rabbits.

As for the article itself, it's not just the DIA parking lot. My girlfriend's work car, a PT Cruiser, had most of the engine wiring eaten by rats while sitting overnight at her workplace in downtown Denver, while they completely ignored her (pre-2002) Subaru. It was startlingly expensive to get that car rewired, and apparently it was by no means just the spark plug wiring.

Re:Rabbits chew wires regardless (4, Informative)

hawguy (1600213) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896812)

Thing is: if the appliance isn't drawing power right then, they can chew through with impunity, and even if it *is* drawing power, as long as they only chew through one wire at a time they'll just get a quick shock when they cut that wire. And given how dry a rabbit's mouth is, and that it's cutting through with its non-conductive teeth, they might not even notice.

That's not how electricity works -- the hot wire is hot regardless of whether or not the appliance is drawing power.

There are 3 wires in your refrigerator's power cord -- the ground wire (which the rabbit can suck on all day with no ill effect), the neutral wire, which is bonded to the ground wire at the distribution panel, so it should be at the same potential as the ground wire in a properly wired house, and the third wire is the hot wire. This is the one with the juice and the one that will cause a shock regardless of whether or not the appliance is running or not.

Of course, in an outlet controlled by a switch, the hot wire will not be energized if the switch is off (again assuming a properly wired house - some amateur electricians have been known to put the switch on the neutral side).

Re:Rabbits chew wires regardless (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896930)

but the black live line only had a few nicks in the insulation, so either the black vinyl doesn't taste good or squirrels are smarter than rabbits.

I'd venture a guess that the second squirrel was a lot smarter than the first one. I'd bet that at least a couple of the nicks somewhere were all the way through, and somewhere out there there's a squirrel with some interesting facial marks that all the other squirrels have nicknamed "Sparky".

Re:Rabbits chew wires regardless (1)

crtreece (59298) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896640)

Are these rabbits running loose in the house, or does the cable plant run through the rabbit cage?

Re:Rabbits chew wires regardless (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896748)

spray or rub the wires with capcasian.. works great.

Honestly why dont car wires made from eco-garbage like soy have this already embedded in it?

Re:Rabbits chew wires regardless (1)

YesDinosaursDidExist (1268920) | more than 3 years ago | (#33897256)

My rabbit growing up chewed thru a 220V upright freezer wire...got a shock..blew a fuse...and we had to replace the wire. Funny thing is, beforehand the rabbit was always very nice, calm, and friendly...post electric shock however...if you turned your back on the rabbit for even a second it would attack you and bite your feet or legs. So it begs the question, did the shock make my bunny go insane? Or was it just pissed off and blamed us for the shock?

Re:Rabbits chew wires regardless (1)

Kenshin (43036) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896196)

I can't even count how many wires and cables I've had to patch-up due to my girlfriend's rabbits. They nearly ate through my MacBook Pro's power cable, which would cost more to replace than the two of them were to buy.

Re:Rabbits chew wires regardless (3, Interesting)

Kenshin (43036) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896242)

Furthermore, one of them once got behind the fridge and chewed through its power cable. There was a loud bang, and a bright flash... and the rabbit was 100% fine. (Plus, it seemed rather unconcerned.)

I swear, those things are impervious to electricity.

Re:Rabbits chew wires regardless (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33897100)

I had a cat that would chew up any wire he could find. I tried everything from pepper juice to the alkaline stuff they sell in pet stores.
Even after he bit into a live 120v wire and got a serious burn on his cheek and lost two teeth, he would *still* do it. He probably at a thousand dollars worth of audio cables over the years.

Re:Rabbits chew wires regardless (2, Insightful)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896228)

My stepdaughter had a pet rabbit (horrible pets, btw), and it used to love chewing on our computer wires.

Horrible pets? How can you say that? They're such sweet animals... They're very affectionate and playful and clean, and chewing things is just about the only kind of mischief they get into...

The trick with the wires is to bunny-proof spaces where the rabbits will be out. Make the cords inaccessible.

Install Python in your computer (2, Funny)

mangu (126918) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896442)

This [python.org] will surely get your computer rid of rabbits.

Re:Rabbits chew wires regardless (2, Funny)

AmishElvis (1101979) | more than 3 years ago | (#33897076)

sounds wascally

Re:Rabbits chew wires regardless (1)

xgr3gx (1068984) | more than 3 years ago | (#33897174)

Elmer Fudd might have been on to something. Who wants some nice soy fed rabbit meat?

Re:Rabbits chew wires regardless (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33897238)

Yes they do. They check their territory frequently for any obstructions to make a fast getaway easier if a potential predator is spotted.
Plants, roots, wires, anything they can trip over all need to be got out of the way.

If you do it for them and hide all the wires from where they like to go, or alter where they can go and they won't get chewed (also no Kentucky fried bunny)

(rabbit sitting for someone at the moment)

summary longer than original article (1)

demonbug (309515) | more than 3 years ago | (#33895896)

Strange that the airport doesn't think that rodents are to blame; apparently they prefer the idea that they offer no security and people come and randomly damage/steal wiring from cars parked in their lot.

I passed through DIA a couple weeks ago, and I can tell you that the bunny rabbits hardly chewed on my wires at all.

Re:summary longer than original article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33896138)

Don't you know security at an airport is only for show? Any real security measures that actually make you safer or in this case protect your proprity are non-existant.

Re:summary longer than original article (1)

zill (1690130) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896474)

Don't you know security at an airport is only for show?

That and millimeter wave voyeurism.

Re:summary longer than original article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33896216)

Went through DIA a month ago; saw about 3 large rabbits lurking in the economy lot. My '02 car wasn't damaged but if there had been something tasty I'm certain there are enough extent rabbits to get the job done.

BTW, what la-la enviro nonsense has car manufacturers using 'soy' for insulation anyhow?

Re:summary longer than original article (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33896232)

That's because this is Slashdot. Why link to the actual article when you can link to a shitty blogpost?

The real article is at the end:
http://www.kwgn.com/news/kdvr-rabbits-at-dia-txt,0,2197200.story [kwgn.com]

Seriously, in a few months, every Slashdot summary will just be a copy-and-paste of a "re-tweet" with a bit.ly link in it.

Wiring specification (1, Funny)

fridaynightsmoke (1589903) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896018)

What happened in 2002? Did Warren Buffet invest in automotive wiring companies??

Open a Trailer Park next to the airport... (1)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896030)

Hungry Red Necks means fewer rabbits....

They're Obviously Angry Rabbits (1)

lavacano201014 (999580) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896044)

They're protesting all those "OM NOM NOM" pics of them on I Can Has Cheezburger.

The number shalt be 3..... (2, Funny)

char70ger (1234672) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896066)

Call Brother Maynard!!!

One word solution (1)

catherder_finleyd (322974) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896102)

Ferreting! Even if the ferrets don't catch the rabbits, the scent will often chase the rabbits away.

Re:One word solution (1)

NevarMore (248971) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896316)

But how do you then get rid of the ferrets?

Re:One word solution (1)

txoof (553270) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896556)

Skinner: We unleash wave after wave of Chinese needle snakes. They'll wipe out the ferrets.

Lisa: But aren't the snakes even worse?

Skinner: Yes, but we're prepared for that. We've lined up a fabulous type of gorilla that thrives on snake meat.

Lisa: But then we're stuck with gorillas!

Skinner: No, that's the beautiful part. When wintertime rolls around, the gorillas simply freeze to death.

Re:One word solution (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896846)

Or, you know, put in a tighter fence for the bottom 3 feet of the fence. Be sure it goes 8 inches into the dirt.

Cats (1)

rakuen (1230808) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896110)

I might not have expected animals to eat them, but given how much I see cats playing with wires it doesn't surprise me that if an animal could get under the hood, they would disrupt the wiring.

sad but true (1)

yodleboy (982200) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896152)

At my previous residence, there was coax from the local cable provider strung down the alley. On 2 occasions whereI had my internet service go out the cause turned out to be squirrels eating through the coax housing. I can only hope that the little guy got a nice zap when he broke through to the copper core.

It's the fucking horse!!! (1)

pspahn (1175617) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896174)

This mother fucker [google.com] is the one possessing these bunnies to do such nefarious deeds. The damn thing already killed [thedenverchannel.com] the guy who sculpted it.

If you come to Denver, find a Raider fan, they will protect you.

It's a feature (1)

e9th (652576) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896186)

Car manufacturers: "To protect the environment, our cars are now greener than ever. Why, even the wiring is biodegradable!"

Re:It's a feature (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896396)

To protect the environment, our cars are now greener than ever. Why, even the wiring is biodegradable!

Car wiring has been self-degrading a lot longer than just since 2002...

Re:It's a feature (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33897084)

For sure... Just ask any Jaguar (e-type) owner

Re:It's a feature (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33896942)

Car manufacturers: "To protect the environment, our cars are now greener than ever. Why, even the wiring is edible!"

FTFY

Quellish! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33896208)

Never say that to a rabbit that has feasted on dish washing soap.

Paved with good intentions... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33896230)

Probably another "green" requirement gone awry... so now the environment is worse off, with more resources used to repair the damaged wiring than the theoretical savings to some future landfill.

Re:Paved with good intentions... (1)

timster (32400) | more than 3 years ago | (#33897198)

Just because there was a problem does not mean the environment is now "worse off". Clearly this is happening to a tiny fraction of overall cars.

So, at least in Denver, it is... (1)

NecroPuppy (222648) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896250)

RABBIT SEASON!

Re:So, at least in Denver, it is... (1)

NevarMore (248971) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896330)

Re:So, at least in Denver, it is... (1)

martas (1439879) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896490)

WABBIT SEASON!

Re:So, at least in Denver, it is... (1)

Aelyew (14580) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896398)

Duck season.

Re:So, at least in Denver, it is... (1)

snspdaarf (1314399) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896526)

Elmer! I didn't recognize you without your speech impediment! How the hell are you?

Don't bother with TFA (1)

koterica (981373) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896270)

TFA consists of two paragraphs summarizing the video clip included in TFS. So... yeah. Don't bother.

Simple Fix: (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896368)

Just hire this dude [wikimedia.org] .

Re:Simple Fix: (2, Funny)

pspahn (1175617) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896600)

and here I was, expecting to see a photo of This dude [google.com]

Payback Time (1)

RapidEye (322253) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896372)

I guess the rabbits finally found a way of getting even with all those cars that ran over their cousins.
Lets hope the squirrels and prairie dogs don't decide to get even as well!!!

Florida Everglades has similar problem (4, Informative)

xerx (63759) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896472)

In this case it is black vultures who eat the soft rubber door seals and whipper blades. One of the main tourist attractions near the south west entrance of the national park has a roust of them close to the parking lot. I have witnessed them tearing chunks of rubber from cars. At times there are dozens of birds in the parking lot and hundreds in nearby trees.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state/meals-on-wheels-vultures-in-everglades-feast-on-529072.html [palmbeachpost.com]

Re:Florida Everglades has similar problem (1)

xerx (63759) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896522)

Opps I meant south east entrance.

Re:Florida Everglades has similar problem (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#33897056)

whipper blades

They come standard on cars now? Those kinky Floridians.

DEN? (1)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896476)

Musta took a wrong turn at ABQ.

Oh... what a pity! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33896856)

Oh... seriously... Who on earth did NOT thought that this all was publicity about "Rabbing Rabbids" game franchise!!!!!!!

In Germany too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33896860)

In Germany these guys like to eat parts of the cooling system of cars. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marten

My dad once bought a system that allowed to wrap everything in wires and the animals would get shocked if they chewed on it.

1995 Jeep Wrangler (1)

stevegee58 (1179505) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896890)

Same thing, only fuel lines instead of wire insulation and for me it was chipmunks and mice.
Had to replace all the fuel line with reinforced rubber tractor fuel line.

Solution (1)

simonsays22 (1716730) | more than 3 years ago | (#33896922)

Quick! Someone find a holy hand grenade

That explains a lot (1)

Centurion5 (1180605) | more than 3 years ago | (#33897176)

I work at an airport in the St. Louis, MO area. We had a customer that left a car in the parking lot long term and rabbits chewed through his entire wiring harness. Other vehicles that sat long term have had similar but not as severe problems. Now we know why.

Same thing but a mouse in new Mini (1)

mpacker (1921724) | more than 3 years ago | (#33897310)

I had a 2002 Mini that had a wire chewed though the spark plug wire on the distiributer cap. The Mechanic said that the mouse had made a little nest by the manafold to keep warm. Did I Mention this was inside my garage. The mouse squeeze in and crawl up inside the car. It felt good trapping that little pain in ass after my $400 repair bill from Mini.

The silver lining here.. (1)

Dyolf Knip (165446) | more than 3 years ago | (#33897330)

This does suggest that widespread use of soy or hemp-based plastics would be even more eco-friendly than previously thought. They'll not only decompose faster and more thoroughly than petro-plastics, but that process is actively assisted by the local fauna!

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