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While the concept of a pet such as a dog (and sometimes even a cat) defending the family home from intruders is nothing new, the heroic acts of a tiny squirrel living in Idaho has many scratching their heads…
According to reports, the bizarre story began to unfold as Adam Pearl of Meridian returned home on Tuesday and noticed footprints in the snow leading to the back of his property. Pearl explained to media that he quickly realized something was awry because no one usually enters his home through the property’s rear yard and his concerns were confirmed when he entered a back bedroom.
“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 stated.
Unnerved by the discovery someone had broken in, Pearl contacted local authorities and that is where the story takes a very interesting twist.
…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.