Parrot taken into custody after alerting drug dealers of cops
Brazilian authorities took a parrot into custody after it alerted suspected drug dealers of cops nearby, according to the Guardian.
The bird was seized on Monday afternoon after police descended on a drug den in Vila Irmã Dulce, a low-income neighborhood in northeast Brazil. The unidentified parrot allegedly warned the couple that ran the shack by shouting, "Mama, the police!" in Portuguese, Brazilian broadcaster Globo notes.
"He must have been trained for this," a policeman who took part in the operation said. "As soon as the police got close he started shouting."
Police were still able to arrest the pair. In the process, they recovered drugs — including crack and marijuana — and large amounts of cash, according to NBC. Cops were less successful, however, in getting the parrot to cooperate after it was taken to "jail."
"Lots of police officers have come by and he's said nothing," Alexandre Clark, a local veterinarian, said.
One thing is for sure: the parrot won't have to worry about ever being a "jailbird." After being captured, the bird was taken to a local zoo, where it will spend three months learning to fly before being released in the wild, Globo reports.