Kenya Foy
Updated Feb 17, 2017 @ 10:32 am
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We never thought we’d say this, but we’re going to insist on a temporary halt to all rodent slander. As People reports, an Idaho man’s pet squirrel fought off a home burglar, leaving us no choice but to fervently disagree with a 2016 study that declared male squirrels as kind of useless.

The story about Adam Pearl and his crime-fighting pet squirrel Joey was first covered by ABC 6 News, and while home invasions are no laughing matter, we have to admit that we stifled giggles the entire way through the recounting of the incident. It luckily didn’t result in any injuries (except for those sustained by the burglar, but more on that later).

Pearl told the news station that he arrived home to find footprints in the snow and doors to home opened before being greeted by Joey. After noticing scratches around the lock of his gun safe, Pearl realized it was the work of a home intruder and promptly called police.

After surveying the scene, the officer left only to return later with Pearl’s stolen belongings. She told Pearl she questioned a suspect who bore scratches on his hand. The thief admitted that Joey attacked him and wouldn’t stop until he left the home.

LOL. And now for the obligatory squirrel victory lap:

So what’s the reward for being the best, bravest pet ever? Pearl showed his gratitude for Joey by giving the animal Whoppers, which are his favorite treats.

We totally agree, and formally take back any of the crap we’ve ever talked about squirrels.