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AUBURN, Penn. (Feb. 11, 2015) – A Pennsylvania family was just trying to install insulation when they found some unexpected surprises lurking behind the walls.

The Bretzius family discovered that walls in the room had already been “insulated”—with dozens of dead animal carcasses, half-used spices and other items, reports WNEP.

“We were shocked, horrified, and disgusted,” Kajia Bretzuis told the TV station.

The dead animals were all wrapped in old newspapers from the 1930s and 40s. A home inspector didn’t find anything wrong with the home when the family bought it in 2012.

The discovery was alarming by itself, but perhaps more horrifying is the fact that insurance doesn’t cover the problem. The family has spent about $20,000 to fix it.

Why would someone leave dead animals in the walls? The family sent hundreds of the artifacts and carcasses to an expert to find out.

“What they call pow-wowing or Dutch magic. They used this to heal ailments,” Bretzius said.

The family said the smell won’t go away and mold has made just about everyone sick. They’re still not sure if all of the dead animals are gone from the home.

Source: WNEP