Pet parrot saves owners' lives
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
It turns out that dogs may not be the only 'man's best friend.' A parrot in Muncie, Indiana is being credited with saving the lives of its owners.
According to the owner 33-year-old Shannon Conwell along with his 9-year-old son were watching television when they both fell asleep on the living room couch when a fire began to spread through the house around 3:00 a.m. on Friday October 19.
The Amazon, yellow-headed Parrot named Peanut reportedly imitates the sounds of several objects and began to emit one very similar to a fire alarm, waking the family from their sleep.
"He was really screaming his head off. I grabbed my son and my bird and got out of the house," said Conwell who also said that the fire alarm was also going off, but the bird woke her and her son. Conwell said that there were several pieces of medical equipment inside the house that also make a lot of noise. The equipment was there due to an accidental finger amputation which occurred only a few hours prior to the fire.
A bedroom, the kitchen and the dining room were all severely damaged in the fire, but no one was injured or killed. The fire department says that they are currently investigating the incident and have not said what the cause was.
- "Parrot Saves Family From Fire By Imitating Smoke Alarm" — CityNews, October 23, 2007
- "Parrot mocked alarm to save lives" — United Press International, October 22, 2007
- "Parrot Imitates Fire Alarm, Saves Family" — Associated Press, October 22, 2007
- Lathay Pegues. "Parrot alerts family to fire" — Palladium-Item, October 21, 2007