Police in Florida say a homeowner's pet birds scared off two would-be burglars on Monday.
A woman and her grandson were in their home in Palmetto at around 10:55 a.m. when they heard someone knock on the front door -- then try to open it, according to the Bradenton Herald.
After looking out the window and seeing one man in the driveway and another jiggling the doorknob, the woman reportedly brought the child to a rear bedroom to hide.
Unable to open the front door, the two perps allegedly attempted to pry open a door to an apartment in the back of the house -- but that's where their bird-brained plan went fowl, according to cops.
"After only a short while, both subjects ran from the yard as if something had scared them off. It was later determined that part of the building also housed some talking birds," a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report notes.
This isn't the first time that birds have worked as guards.
Last year, a parrot bloodied a man who attempted to burglarize a pet store in England. Meanwhile in Colombia, police have captured a number of birds trained by drug cartels to serve as lookouts -- including one parrot named Lorenzo that had been taught to say, "Run, run, you're going to get caught."
Read more at the Bradenton Herald.
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