An Idaho man recently discovered that his pet squirrel Joey is as ferocious as any guard dog when it comes to protecting his turf. The feisty rodent is being hailed as a hero after running a burglar off his owner Adam Pearl’s property.
Pearl told KIVI News that when he walked into his home last Tuesday, he realized something wasn’t right.
“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.
Pearl, who lives in Meridian, Idaho, was immediately greeted by his pet squirrel Joey when he got home, but then he started noticing a few doors that would normally be closed were open.
After making his way to the back bedroom, his fear was confirmed once he looked at his gun safe.
“I started looking at it and saw the scratches that are around the locking area and at that point I knew somebody was definitely in here messing around,” Pearl said.
Pearl called Meridian Police and when officer Ashley Turner came out to take a look, Joey just had to say hello.
“During her investigations Joey had run in the bedroom just screwing around like he always does between her legs and kind of startled her,” explained Pearl. “She says ‘Whoa, what was that?,’ and I said ‘Ahhh don’t worry about that, that’s just Joey, my pet squirrel’.”
Turner asked Pearl if Joey would bite.
“Well, he usually doesn’t bite but you never know because he is a squirrel,” Pearl said.
Turner went on her way, only to return a few hours later with some of Pearl’s stolen belongings and some unbelievable news.
“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.
Pearl admitted that it was “a little crazy” that he has a squirrel that guards his house but added that Joey is great, even if he can sometimes be a “pain in the butt.”
Pearl said he thanked Joey by giving him his favorite treat — Whoppers candies.