[Vision2020] Joey the indoor pet squirrel stops burglary, police say

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Fri Feb 17 08:29:00 PST 2017

To preface this article, here is Rocky J. Squirrel of The Bullwinkle Show with an introduction . . .


Courtesy of today's (February 17, 2017) Spokesman-Review.

Joey the indoor pet squirrel stops burglary, police say
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 towards a cat – if he wants attention, then he’ll come and let you know.”

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.”


Last Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 image from video provided by KIVI-TV shows an indoor pet, a squirrel named Joey in Meridian, Idaho.



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Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho
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