Paul Ryan Says a Family of Woodchucks Destroyed His Car

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? We may never know, but apparently they do like to eat cars.

At least, that’s the fate that befell Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisc.) Chevrolet Suburban during winter in Wisconsin. Ryan shared the story in an interview at the Economic Club of Washington on Thursday.

Ryan explained how he keeps the car stored at his mother’s house. But when Ryan’s mother left to Florida for the winter, the woodchucks seized at the opportunity to get out of the cold and sought shelter in the underbelly of Ryan’s car.

“I towed it into the dealer, they put it up, and they realized that a family of woodchucks lived in the underbody of my Suburban,” Ryan recalled. “They ate all of the wiring out of it.”

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“And so my car was eaten by animals,” he added. “And it’s just dead.”

Daniel Blumstein, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, spoke with The Verge about the incident and explained why small animals, like woodchucks, could end up eating parts of a car.

“We’ve got marmots climbing in cars and being driven around and sometimes getting killed and eating cars and destroying wiring,” he explained. “But usually they’re going for the radiator fluid, somehow. And it can’t be good for them.”

Of course, not everyone was as sympathetic to the incident as Blumstein. The topic was easy fodder for jokes on Twitter:

 Ryan said Thursday that he’ll be purchasing a Ford F-150 to replace the Suburban.

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