Rippin takes the squirrel's surprise urination in stride, later tweeting about the incident: "This is television people." But while there may be no harm done, aside from a soiled dress, there's a chance little Twiggy was actually trying to send her a message.
Rodents, like rats, are known to pee when frightened or stressed - so it's entirely possible that Twiggy really wasn't having such a great time after all. Meanwhile, the squirrel's owner, Lou Ann Best, insists that Twiggy "is really quite happy with her life," though some animal experts might disagree.
"Unlike our typical pets and companion animals, squirrels lack the instinct to rely on others for food, protection or companionship," warns Second Chance Wildlife Center. "This makes the adult squirrel a solitary animal unsuited for living with others."
Aside from that, vets say they make lousy pets for a variety of reasons - at least one of which Rippin could attest to. Let's call it the "golden rule."