Who needs a guard dog with Joey around?

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

MERID­IAN, IDAHO — A pet squir­rel named Joey pre­vented a bur­glary at­tempt in Idaho last week by scratch­ing the teen sus­pect when he tried to break into a gun safe, po­lice said.

The uniden­ti­fied teenager told of­fi­cers that the squir­rel’s at­tack “scared him, ob­vi­ously, be­cause he wasn’t ex­pect­ing to have, you know, a squir­rel come fly­ing out of nowhere at him,” said Of­fi­cer Ashley Turner of the po­lice depart­ment in Merid­ian, a Boise sub­urb. “So, ba­si­cally, he said he took what he could and left as fast as he could.”

The squir­rel’s owner, Adam Pearl, said Joey has lived in his house for about six months af­ter he was found in a flower pot by a friend’s daugh­ter when he was about one week old.

“He’s not like a dog and walks up and lets you pet him,” Pearl told the Merid­ian Press. “I guess the tem­per­a­ment would be more to­ward a cat — if he wants at­ten­tion, then he’ll come and let you know.”

Joey eats nuts and greens, and spinach is his favourite. He buries some of the nuts in house­plants in­side Pearl’s house and uses a lit­ter-box. “He trained him­self,” Pearl said.

Joey’s re­ward for his vig­i­lance were Whop­pers, the squir­rel’s favourite candy.

Pearl had planned to re­lease Joey into his back­yard in the spring.

“But now, I don’t know,” he said. “I’m kind of torn.”

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