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Heroic squirrel saves the day: Indoor pet guards owner’s home against burglary

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

world Updated: Feb 17, 2017 10:39 IST
Pet squirrel Joey prevented a burglary attempt at his owner’s house in Idaho.
Pet squirrel Joey prevented a burglary attempt at his owner’s house in Idaho.(Youtube screengrab)

A burglary attempt was thwarted by a pet squirrel named Joey when he sprang at a teen suspect and scratched him as he was attempting to break into a gun safe in Idaho last week .

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.

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.”

Watch pet Joey at his owner’s house in the video.