Pet squir­rel guards home against bur­glary

Texarkana Gazette - - FROM PAGE ONE -

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 gar­den by a friend’s daugh­ter when he was about a week old.

He said Joey’s eyes were still closed, and they set an alarm to feed him every two hours.

“His tem­per­a­ment is kind of like a cat,” Pearl said. “When he wants at­ten­tion, he’ll run up to you and climb up your leg.”

Joey eats nuts and greens, and spinach is his fa­vorite. He buries some of the nuts in house­plants in­side Pearl’s house and uses a lit­ter­box.

“He trained him­self,” Pearl said.

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

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