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Parrot mimicking fire alarm fools firefighters

By T.K. Randall
November 18, 2018 · Comment icon 6 comments

Parrots are very good at impersonating sounds. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Maurice van Bruggen
A parrot with the uncanny ability to replicate the sound of a fire alarm prompted an emergency call-out recently.
Named Jazz, the 17-year-old African grey parrot quickly picked up the sound of his owner Steve Dockerty's smoke alarm after it kept going off due to a technical fault.

So convincing was the impression in fact that it ended up fooling the alarm operator over the phone.
"Every time the alarm goes off I get a call from the wardens and sometimes it goes off for no good reason," said Steve. "This time they asked me if everything was ok and I said it was but they could hear Jazz in the background and called the fire service as a precaution."

When firefighters arrived at the house they swept the premises for signs of a fire. It wasn't until the cheeky parrot did its impression again that they realized what had happened.

"He's a cheeky sod and likes to imitate things," said Steve. "He imitated the smoke alarm so well that they called the fire brigade. All the while, Jazz was sitting in his cage laughing his socks offs."



Source: BBC News | Comments (6)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by South Alabam 6 years ago
lol
Comment icon #2 Posted by Jenn8779 6 years ago
This is awesome...lol
Comment icon #3 Posted by Kittens Are Jerks 6 years ago
What a cute little thing.. but you know, the parrot that cried fire... Such a brat.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog 6 years ago
Parrot are so cool and they live bloody long too.
Comment icon #5 Posted by AllPossible 6 years ago
Love African Greys. Very smart & can basically live with their owners for life. My friend had 1 and the parrot could be in another room and say my name knowing I was there even without seeing me. She also used to leave the radio on when she went to work and the parrot had probably a 70 word vocabulary.
Comment icon #6 Posted by OverSword 6 years ago
My grandmother had an African Grey that imitated her laugh.  Sometimes when I was over there shooting the breeze Grandma would go in the kitchen where the parrot was to get some coffee or whatever and I would hear her laugh and I would ask her what was so funny and she would say It's not me it's the bird


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