Saturday, April 23, 2016

Parrots in the Annals of Crime

This story, in its entirety, appeared on Canada's National Post website, April 22, 2016. While the story is illustrated with a parrot totally unrelated to this story, we're guessing a Cockatoo parrot was probably involved:

A Goffin's Cockatoo, but not the parrot of the story

Ontario police break up domestic dispute between a man and his parrot. It was ‘beaking off’ at him

BRIGHTON, Ont. — An Ontario man ran afoul of provincial police this week after spending a night at home with his pet parrot.

Police in Brighton, between Toronto and Kingston, said they were originally called to a home at 8 p.m. on Tuesday after neighbours heard what they believed to be a domestic dispute.

Northumberland OPP Const. Steve Bates said the neighbours knew the home was usually occupied by a couple, but police found only one person when they arrived.

“They heard him yelling and saying, ’I hope you die,” and so on and so forth,“ Bates said. ”So we attended and we located the male of the household alone in the house screaming at his pet parrot who apparently was ’beaking off’ at him, in his words.“

The man had been drinking, Bates said, adding that the parrot did not appear to be hurt in any way.

Police did not lay any charges.

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