Parrot fools police into shining armour-style rescue
Police attempted to rescue an apparent damsel in distress only to discover the cries for help were from a talkative parrot.
Neighbors called police after hearing what they believed was a woman's persistent cry of 'Help me! Help me!' coming from a New Jersey house.
Officers arrived and when no one answered the door, they kicked it in to make a rescue.
But instead of a damsel in distress, officers found a caged cockatoo with a convincing call.
It was not the first time the 10-year-old bird named Luna said something that brought authorities to the home of owner Evelyn DeLeon.
About seven years ago, the bird cried like a baby for hours, leading to reports of a possible abandoned baby and a visit to the home by state child welfare workers. But it was only Luna practicing a newfound sound, DeLeon said.
DeLeon says her bird learns much of her ever-growing vocabulary from watching television, in both English and Spanish