Guard Parrots? Birds Attack Burglars, Serve as Lookouts for Drug Runners
Police in England believe a parrot not only attacked thieves who broke into a pet store, but also collected evidence that could help solve the case.
When burglars busted into Hobday's Pet Shop in Conventry late Tuesday or early Wednesday, a sun conure parrot named Jack got flapping mad, UPI reports.
"When we got into work there was blood all over and Jack was perched on his cage squawking like mad," pet store owner Caroline Hobday told the press. "All the evidence looks like he scared the thieves away and spent the rest of the night patrolling the other animals."
The thieves got away with one parrot and three snakes, and they tore the tail off of a lizard and killed some tropical fish. But thanks to Jack, they left behind a blood trail from which investigators might be able to obtain DNA evidence.
Police also recovered scraps of fabric from Jack's beak that could help pinpoint the perps.
Unfortunately, not all parrots are as willing to cooperate with police.
According to the AP, when officers raided a narcotics cartel in Barranquilla, Colombia, on Wednesday, they recovered a parrot named Lorenzo that had been trained to say "Run, run, you're going to get caught."
Authorities say Lorenzo is just one of 1,700 birds they have seized from Colombian drug runners, who use the parrots as lookouts.
Read more at UPI.com and AP.org.