Many homeowners have dogs for protection, but an Idaho man’s pet squirrel proved to be just as effective when fending off a burglar.
Adam Pearl walked into his home in Meridian on Tuesday and quickly realized something was wrong, Boise-area television station KIVI reported.
“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’s pet squirrel, Joey, greeted him at the door. Pearl then noticed several doors were open inside the home and realized someone had been trying to get into his gun safe.
“And I started looking at it and saw the scratches that are around the locking area. At that point I knew somebody was definitely in here messing around,” Pearl said.
Pearl called police and an officer responded to the home. The officer returned a few hours later with some of Pearl’s stolen belongings and told him the squirrel fended off the burglar, Pearl said.
While the officer was questioning the suspect, she noticed he had scratches on his hands, according to Pearl. It’s not clear how the officer found the suspect; KIVI did not interview police on camera.
“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 is now being hailed as a hero.
“Nobody can believe it because who can say they have a squirrel that guards their house, which is crazy,” Pearl told the station. “You can’t ask for much more than that. He is a pain in the butt, but he is great.”
The squirrel was rewarded with his favorite treat — Whoppers malted milk balls.