The cluster of leaves in the engine was, in fact, a squirrel nest. Peering inside, LaBarbera saw a fuzzy brown face glaring at her from between the engine parts. She immediately recognized it as belonging to the skinny, half-hairless squirrel she had recently begun feeding — and in the nest lay her four pink newborn babies.
“Far and away the best option would have been to close the hood and not use the car for a month, but my neighbor wasn’t a fan of that idea,” LaBarbera wrote on Twitter. “So I grabbed a box and put the nest-plus-babies inside.”
“Squirrels make multiple nests,” she added. “So I was hoping we could convince Mom to take her babies to a different nest.”