You probably didn't know you could have a guard squirrel.
A man in Meridian, Idaho has a pet squirrel, which is normal in some places like Idaho. Adam Pearl came home one day to footprints in the snow. Someone had come in through the back of the house and made it to Pearl's gun safe.
"I came in the front door and I saw snow prints out in the front driveway going to the back of the house, so I thought something was awry because no one usually goes through the yard," Pearl said.
That's when Pearl's pet squirrel Joey apparently made himself known to the burglar.
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When the officer in charge of the case was questioning a suspect, she noticed that he had scratches on his hand. She asked him if they were from a squirrel and the case was closed.
"She said while she was questioning the individual he had scratches on his hands 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'," Pearl said.
Joey had attacked the burglar and got him from opening Pearl's gun safe.
Now the pet squirrel is known far and wide as a hero who protected the household, like any normal Rottweiler.
"Nobody can believe it because who can say they have a squirrel that guards their house, which is crazy," Pearl said. "You can't ask for much more than that. He is a pain in the butt, but he is great."
As a reward, Joey the squirrel got some Whoppers that night, his favorite treat.
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