'Why Do You Have a Squirrel?' Boy Arrives Home With Unexpected Find

A mom and dad were left bemused as their son gleefully showed off a squirrel he had picked up on their property in Princeton, Iowa.

Video shot by father Ben Palmer and posted on TikTok by mother Nicole Palmer shows their son, Pierce, holding a live squirrel in his left hand as his father asks him: “Why do you have a squirrel?”

“Because I found it,” replies Pierce, who says he picked the rodent up after it had fallen. “He catches frogs and toads all the time,” Nicole told Storyful.

Nicole told Storyful that Pierce “catches frogs and toads all the time,” but in comments on TikTok said “new house rules have been set regarding wild animals” after this incident. Credit: Nicole Palmer via Storyful

Video transcript

- Why do you have a squirrel?

- Because I found it.

- Where?

- I was, like-- I was really close to it.

- Where did it fall from? Where did you find it?

- Eh-- it's literally [INAUDIBLE]

- Over there.

- OK, keep your face away from it, dude.

- Oh, my goodness. Take a picture.

- Why do you have a squirrel?

- Because I caught it.

- All right, why don't we all let it go?

- No.

- Yes, yes, yes.

- Get away--

- No, we're going to let it go.

- Well, no, I want to hold it.

- You can pet it.

- Mabel--

- No.

- It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hold it.

- I want to hold it.

- You catched one [INAUDIBLE].

- [CLEARS THROAT]

Why do you have a squirrel?

- Because I found it.

- Where?

- And I was, like-- I was really close to it.

- Where did it fall from? Where did you find it?

- Eh-- it's literally--

- Over there.

- OK, keep your face away from it, dude.

- Oh, my goodness. Take a picture.

- [LAUGHS]

- Why do you have a squirrel?

- Because I caught it.

- All right, why don't we go let it go?

- No.

- Yes, yes, yes.

- Get away--

- No, we're going to let it go.

- Well, no, I want to hold it.

- You can pet it.

- Mabel--

- No.

- It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hold it.

- But I want to hold it.

- You catched one--

- [CLEARS THROAT]