Dog owners often swear by a canine’s ability to protect the family. The bark alone is often enough to deter would-be wrong-doers. Yet here’s a tale out of Idaho that has a twist. The animal that saved the day was a pet squirrel.
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Fox News ran a profile on the rodent. Adam Pearl’s pet squirrel, Joey, is as hyper as you would expect from a skittering woodland creature. Yet he must also have a bit of a protective streak in him.
Pearl came home Monday to find footprints in the snow outside of his home in Meridian, Idaho. Instead of leading to the front door, like a mailman, the prints went around the back of the house.
Inside, he found that someone had attempted to break into his gun safe. His squirrel seemed just fine. Joey was behaving normally.
Pearl called the police to report the break-in, and they sent out an officer to investigate.
Pearl related the incident to the local news channel. The cop was a bit surprised to find a squirrel in the house. “She says, ‘Whoa, what was that,’ and I said, ‘Ahhh don’t worry about that, that’s just Joey, my pet squirrel, you know.'”
“I said, well, he usually doesn’t bite but you never know ’cause he is a squirrel,” Pearl added.
And it wouldn’t be the only time Officer Ashley Turner had reason to be surprised by the squirrel.The officer returned to Pearl and Joey’s house later the same day carrying some of the stolen items.
Officer Turner had approached a subject, and noticed he had some strange injuries.
“She said while she was questioning the individual he had scratches on his hands,” Pearl explained. “So she asked him, ‘Did you get that from the squirrel?’ And he says, ‘Yeah, damn thing kept attacking me and wouldn’t stop until I left.'”
Joey, for his part, isn’t talking. The rodent is modest. It is clear that he attacked the burglar, and did some minor damage.
“He is a pain in the butt,” Pearl said, “but he is great.”
No word yet on if Joey will have to testify in court.