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Paul Ryan says his car was eaten by woodchucks — we investigate

The Verge Friday, 13 July 2018
Paul Ryan says his car was eaten by woodchucks — we investigateHouse Speaker Paul Ryan says his car was eaten by woodchucks, NPR reports. The furry rodents spent the winter munching on the congressman’s Chevy Suburban, which had been parked at his mom’s house in Wisconsin, Ryan said at a talk in DC. The car did not weather the woodchuck invasion well. “It’s just dead,” he told the audience, according to NPR.

So The Verge is asking the tough questions: did woodchucks specifically target Paul Ryan? Or do woodchucks typically chuck cars?

Paul Ryan’s in the clear: big ground squirrels known as marmots — and yes, a woodchuck is a species of marmot — do chuck cars. And trucks. And bicycles, according to Daniel Blumstein, a professor at the University of California Los Angeles who studies marmots.

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During an appearance at the Economic Club of Washington on Thursday, House speaker and Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan revealed his car was 'eaten by animals'. According to The Huffington Post, a family of woodchucks was found living in Ryan’s Chevrolet Suburban back in Wisconsin and had chewed up...

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