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Contractor Sues Virginia Couple Over Squirrel Attack

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Rachel Martin. What defines pet ownership, really? If you feed a stray cat, is it yours? What if you give a neighborhood squirrel a name? Does that mean he's your pet? Well, a contractor is suing a couple in Virginia because he claims their pet squirrel attacked him, and he wants $90,000 to deal with his scratched up hands and leg. The couple, Deborah and Paul Desjardin, say they never had a pet squirrel, but the animal in question did live in their neighborhood. No word on if they had named him. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.