The quite unexpected antics of a number of parrots have made news this past week…from assisting drug cartel members in Columbia (unwittingly, of course!) to exposing the unfaithfulness of an owner’s partner (perhaps on purpose?), pet parrots continue to show that they are well equipped to trick, help and frustrate us…
Love Triangle Exposed
Parents learn very quickly to watch what they say around toddlers – parrot owners, it seems, should as well. Upon sitting down on a couch near her bird cage, a woman who owned an African Gray Parrot was surprised to hear her pet say “Oh Claire ,oh Claire, I love you!” – surprised because her name was not Claire!
Suspecting that her boyfriend was using the couch for purposes other than watching TV, the woman called him at work…only to find that he was at lunch with, as fate would have it, Claire. Within a day or so the woman caught the pair leaving her home at a time when they thought she was at work. Unfortunately, Harvey the parrot seemed to enjoy screaming out Claire’s name (perhaps he had heard it very often!) – so much so that his owner found him a new home!
“Attack Parrot” Assists Police
Burglars who broke into a UK pet store were given a rude shock by Jake, a young Sun Conure. Jack had the run of the store, and attacked the men with such fury that next morning the police found cloth and blood on his beak. They were able to collect DNA samples from Jake and from blood found on the floor, and believe it will assist them in arresting the culprits.
The store owner said that Jake had exhibited protective instincts towards other birds, and credited him with cutting short the burglar’s raid and saving them a great deal of money. As the men also killed a number of animals, in chasing them off Jake certainly saved a few lives as well.
A Drug-Dealing Amazon
Police entering a drug cartel hideout in Barranquilla, Columbia were surprised when someone began yelling “Run, run, you’re going to get caught!”, because they had checked for lookouts and had found none. Who could blame them for ignoring Lorenzo, the innocent-looking parrot who, as it turned out, had sounded the alarm?
Lorenzo apparently had been taught to call out upon the approach of strangers. As bird-owners well know, many parrots are very good at associating objects and situations with phrases – in fact, the Columbian police report “arresting” over 1,700 parrots for “aiding and abetting” criminals!
Despite Lorenzo’s good timing and delivery, the police seized over 200 weapons, a stolen motorcycle and a substantial amount of marijuana from his criminal cohorts. Lorenzo, who was spared a jail cell, so delighted police and with his repertoire that they made extraordinary efforts to find him a new (and safer!) home (please see video below).
A very talkative Indian Hill Myna once got me into trouble with a certain well-known zoo director. Please see The Care and Natural History of the Hill Mynafor the story.
Very entertaining Video of Lorenzo showing off his “criminal” skills.
Please see my article Parrots Behaving Badly for tales of how beer-guzzling and cursing landed other parrots in trouble (not their fault, of course!)
Conure image referenced from wikipedia and originally posted by Michael Gwyther Jones
African Grey Parrot image referenced from wikipedia and originally posted by Eli Duke