I am babysitting my daughters Toyota Camry hybrid (she lives in NYC currently and occasionally comes home to NC and drives her car). I drive the car a few times a week. Friday, when I went to put the groceries in the passenger seat, I noticed a little debris on the passenger side floor mat, and thought, hmm hubby got in car with dirty shoes (and was prepared to discuss this with him as daughter likes her car pristine). I placed my water bottle in the cup-holder and observed a few pieces of shredded paper at the back of the cup-holder and in front of the small enclosed storage box behind it. Imagine my surprise when i opened the box to reveal what appeared to be a mouse nest! I shut the box quickly, returned my drink to the cup-holder and sat for a few minutes contemplating the drive home. Was there a mouse in there? Would it come out somehow and run across my lap as I was driving? By moving the car did I separate babies from parent? (why this concerned me at that moment is beyond me)
I mustered up my courage, started the car and drove home. My husband is now extricating the nest from the console storage box (hope his garden gloves will protect him if there is a live mouse and it tries to bite him). But how did it get there? How do i prevent this in the future? Could the mouse have gotten into the driving compartment while i was driving?
I thought about calling this in while listening to your Saturday show but felt that the folks with mechanical issues took precedence.