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Pet squirrel that foiled Idaho burglary returns to wild

A pet squirrel that gained fame by thwarting a home burglary in Idaho has returned to the wild.

Adam Pearl says Joey climbed onto his shoulder for an affectionate goodbye earlier this month, then scampered up a backyard apple tree at his Meridian home and hasn’t been seen since.

Pearl says Joey was so young he still had his eyes closed when friends found him on the ground late last summer after he fell out of his nest.

This undated photo provided by Adam Pearl shows Pearl with his pet squirrel Joey in Meridian, Idaho. Pearl says Joey was so young he still had his eyes closed when friends found him on the ground late in the summer of 2016 after he fell out of his nest. Pearl says Joey climbed onto his shoulder for an affectionate goodbye earlier in June 2017, then scampered up a backyard apple tree at his Meridian home and hasn't been seen since. Joey made headlines in February 2017, when police nabbed a burglary suspect who reported fleeing a home after being attacked by a squirrel. (Adam Pearl via AP)

This undated photo provided by Adam Pearl shows Pearl with his pet squirrel Joey in Meridian, Idaho. Pearl says Joey was so young he still had his eyes closed when friends found him on the ground late in the summer of 2016 after he fell out of his nest. Pearl says Joey climbed onto his shoulder for an affectionate goodbye earlier in June 2017, then scampered up a backyard apple tree at his Meridian home and hasn't been seen since. Joey made headlines in February 2017, when police nabbed a burglary suspect who reported fleeing a home after being attacked by a squirrel. (Adam Pearl via AP)

This undated photo provided by Adam Pearl shows Pearl with his pet squirrel Joey in Meridian, Idaho. Pearl says Joey was so young he still had his eyes closed when friends found him on the ground late in the summer of 2016 after he fell out of his nest. Pearl says Joey climbed onto his shoulder for an affectionate goodbye earlier in June 2017, then scampered up a backyard apple tree at his Meridian home and hasn’t been seen since. Joey made headlines in February 2017, when police nabbed a burglary suspect who reported fleeing a home after being attacked by a squirrel. (Adam Pearl via AP)

Pearl and his wife, Carmen, took Joey in and raised him.

Adam Pearl says Joey likely found a girlfriend and that’s why he left home.

Joey made headlines in February when police nabbed a burglary suspect who reported fleeing a home after being attacked by a squirrel. 

 

 

 

A man’s pet squirrel went nuts and scared off a burglar who was robbing his home.

Adam Pearl from Meridian in Idaho only realized something was amiss when he came home and saw that things were out of place, missing and doors that would normally be closed, were wide open.

He said he knew for sure that someone had been in his house when he saw the area around his gun safe had scratches on it.

‘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,’ explained Adam to KIVI.

The role Joey his pet squirrel played only became apparent after he called police to report the burglary and officer Ashley Turner went to investigate.

‘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 Adam. 

‘She says “whoa, what was that”, and I said “ahhh don’t worry about that, that’s just Joey, my pet squirrel ya know.”‘

Officer Turner then asked Adam if Joey would bite. ‘I said, “well, he usually doesn’t bite but you never know cause he is a squirrel.”‘ 

Hours later the officer returned to Adam’s house with some of his stolen belongings.

While she had been questioning a suspect about the burglary, she had noticed that he had scratches on his hands and asked if he got them from a squirrel.

The suspect said yes and that the ‘damn thing kept attacking me and wouldn’t stop until I left!’

Adam told KIVI: ‘Nobody can believe it because who can say they have a squirrel that guards their house, which is crazy. 

‘You can’t ask for much more than that. He is a pain in the butt, but he is great.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Peal, from Idaho, came home to his cheerful pet squirrel Joey but it seemed as though someone had been in the house beforehand

Adam Peal, from Idaho, came home to his cheerful pet squirrel Joey but it seemed as though someone had been in the house beforehand

Adam Peal, from Idaho, came home to his cheerful pet squirrel Joey but it seemed as though someone had been in the house beforehand

Adam noticed there were some open doors in his home that he normally keeps closed

Adam noticed there were some open doors in his home that he normally keeps closed

Adam noticed there were some open doors in his home that he normally keeps closed

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this August 2016 photo, Adam Pearl's pet squirrel Joey  is fed in Meridian, Idaho. Pearl says Joey was so young he still had his eyes closed when friends found him on the ground late in the summer of 2016 after he fell out of his nest. Pearl says Joey climbed onto his shoulder for an affectionate goodbye earlier in June 2017, then scampered up a backyard apple tree at his Meridian home and hasn't been seen since. Joey made headlines in February 2017, when police nabbed a burglary suspect who reported fleeing a home after being attacked by a squirrel. (Adam Pearl via AP)

In this August 2016 photo, Adam Pearl's pet squirrel Joey  is fed in Meridian, Idaho. Pearl says Joey was so young he still had his eyes closed when friends found him on the ground late in the summer of 2016 after he fell out of his nest. Pearl says Joey climbed onto his shoulder for an affectionate goodbye earlier in June 2017, then scampered up a backyard apple tree at his Meridian home and hasn't been seen since. Joey made headlines in February 2017, when police nabbed a burglary suspect who reported fleeing a home after being attacked by a squirrel. (Adam Pearl via AP)

In this August 2016 photo, Adam Pearl’s pet squirrel Joey is fed in Meridian, Idaho. Pearl says Joey was so young he still had his eyes closed when friends found him on the ground late in the summer of 2016 after he fell out of his nest. Pearl says Joey climbed onto his shoulder for an affectionate goodbye earlier in June 2017, then scampered up a backyard apple tree at his Meridian home and hasn’t been seen since. Joey made headlines in February 2017, when police nabbed a burglary suspect who reported fleeing a home after being attacked by a squirrel. (Adam Pearl via AP)

This August 16, 2016 photo shows Adam Pearl's pet squirrel Joey in Meridian, Idaho.  Pearl says Joey was so young he still had his eyes closed when friends found him on the ground late in the summer of 2016 after he fell out of his nest. Pearl says Joey climbed onto his shoulder for an affectionate goodbye earlier in June 2017, then scampered up a backyard apple tree at his Meridian home and hasn't been seen since. Joey made headlines in February 2017, when police nabbed a burglary suspect who reported fleeing a home after being attacked by a squirrel. (Adam Pearl via AP)

This August 16, 2016 photo shows Adam Pearl's pet squirrel Joey in Meridian, Idaho.  Pearl says Joey was so young he still had his eyes closed when friends found him on the ground late in the summer of 2016 after he fell out of his nest. Pearl says Joey climbed onto his shoulder for an affectionate goodbye earlier in June 2017, then scampered up a backyard apple tree at his Meridian home and hasn't been seen since. Joey made headlines in February 2017, when police nabbed a burglary suspect who reported fleeing a home after being attacked by a squirrel. (Adam Pearl via AP)

This August 16, 2016 photo shows Adam Pearl’s pet squirrel Joey in Meridian, Idaho. Pearl says Joey was so young he still had his eyes closed when friends found him on the ground late in the summer of 2016 after he fell out of his nest. Pearl says Joey climbed onto his shoulder for an affectionate goodbye earlier in June 2017, then scampered up a backyard apple tree at his Meridian home and hasn’t been seen since. Joey made headlines in February 2017, when police nabbed a burglary suspect who reported fleeing a home after being attacked by a squirrel. (Adam Pearl via AP)


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