Anyone Own a Macaw?
January 11, 2008 11:57am CST
One of our kids had a boyfriend who owned a Macaw. The bird was amazing. Can't remember his name but his language so extremely colorful when he went to college with the owner and stayed in the dorm. When he brought the bird back home, I believe it had to be kept in a back room of the house because it did have such a foul vocabulary. This is a cute story. Any comments. Have any friends or relatives who own such an interesting bird? BOSTON (Reuters) - Watch dogs are a pretty common first line of security for U.S. homes and businesses. Watch birds not so much. But that didn't stop Merlin, a seven-year-old blue-and-gold macaw who scared off a burglar at a Massachusetts pet store this week. Intruders smashed the front window of Pet Palace in Leominster, about 45 miles west of Boston, and as they entered the store the bird began to shout, said store manager Lori Oltman on Thursday. "When he hears someone come into the building, or the puppies get riled up or whatever, he'll start calling for Rhonda, who is the woman who used to own him," Oltman said. "He was screaming for Rhonda and they weren't aware that it was a bird and not a person. And so they took flight rather quickly." Macaws are a variety of parrot, a highly intelligent group of birds known for their ability to reproduce human speech. Oltman said police figured out what happened when they arrived and heard the bird screaming in the back room. She said the burglar escaped with just $15 in change. It was not the first time the bird's voice confused a person, she said. "He has some really colorful language, so he spends a lot of time in the back of the store," Oltman said. "And you really can't tell that it's a bird. He sounds just like a person when he talks, a lot of times people are fooled by that."
• United Kingdom
11 Jan 08
Wow! The clever macaw scared off the burglar with just $15. My mum's white fronted amazon lives with me. He is about twenty years old. He was given to my mum by her friend that was returning home to America when I was a teenager. He is green with colorful wings and he has white as well as red round his eyes. He can talk a bit, saying hello to himself. A parrots voice is just like the voice of the person that taught them to talk or their current owner. Parrots are highly intelligent and are such endearing birds. Thanks for sharing.