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Squirrel named "Putter" enjoys a scoop of ice cream on a warm spring day in Holden Beach. (Photo: Helen Holt/WWAY)

HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Who doesn’t love ice cream, right? There is a ice cream shop in Brunswick County serving up scoops, but not just to humans.

Fantasy Isle Ice Cream and Mini Golf in Holden Beach has a pet squirrel who loves some vanilla ice cream. Her name is Putter.

Owners Scott and Pam Martin says Putter first showed up last summer and hasn’t left since.

“She came down and just got friendly with customers and ultimately took ones ice cream cone back up the tree,” Scott said.

They say they feed her a petite size cone made just for her and scoop of vanilla or no sugar added ice cream twice a day.

“You can call her name and she will literally come out of her nest in one of these big trees and hop her way down to the roof to ultimately to the rail and waits on her cone,” Scott said.

Customers are taking notice too, but how could you not?

“One of the first things people as for ‘is Putter here?'” Pam said. “‘Have you seen Putter today?’ So they come and they know she’s here and want to see her.”

The Martins say she has become quite a special piece to the family.

“She’s quite the little character,” Scott said. “She actually plays golf with the kids. She will run around the golf course and play with the golf balls. She’s a cute little mascot. We are blessed to have her.”

If you want to check out Putter, Fantasy Isle will be open every day this week and next week at noon. After that, the shop and mini golf will then be open on the weekends until Memorial Day.

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  • aud_the_fraud

    great story. we are in Carolina Beach often and just because of this cute article we will make a special trip to Fantasy Isle Ice Cream which with kids in tow, will result in a game of golf I suspect!

  • Katie Smith Heinold

    Putter the squirrel loves and eats ice cream at the same place I do when I am visiting Holden Beach. So glad the business owners give Putter this delicious treat!

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