A US man on the run from police has denied having an “attack squirrel” that he feeds methamphetamine to in a video posted on Facebook.
The squirrel was found when police searched a home in the US state of Alabama on a drugs raid.
Officers had been warned before the raid that the squirrel was fed meth to keep it aggressive.
During the clip, Mickey Paulk responded to the claims by pulling out a squirrel and stroking it, claiming it was the same one officers found.
He dismissed the idea he had given the animal meth, as the drug would have killed it.
“You can’t give squirrels meth, it would kill them,” Mr Paulk, 35, said, before adding: “I’m pretty sure, I’ve never tried it.
“He’s just a baby, he’s only 10 and a half months old. He is not a ‘trained attack squirrel’ and he’s not on meth. The squirrel is safe. The public isn’t in danger from any kind of methed-out squirrel in the neighbourhood, anything like that.
“When a police officer just decides they are gonna say whatever… people tend to go with that,” he added.
Police spokesman Stephen Young said that, upon advice of state conservation officials, the squirrel was released into a nearby forest.
But in his video, Mr Paulk pulled out a squirrel, which he said was the one in question, claiming it jumped back onto his shoulder when he arrived at the home that was raided in the city of Athens.
It was not, he stressed, his residence, but somewhere he used to live and he was not there at the time of the search.
Police arrested another man who was inside the apartment, Ronnie Reynolds, 35, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and loitering at a known drug house.
Officers are still looking for Mr Paulk on drugs charges.
Source: SKY NEWS