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Woman calls 911 on parrot: Follows child's cries for 'daddy' to parrot in a tree

Conn. woman calls 911 after hearing child in distress: It was a parrot calling out for "daddy."
Conn. woman calls 911 after hearing child in distress: It was a parrot calling out for "daddy."
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A Conn. woman called 911 after hearing what she thought was a child crying out "Daddy, daddy, daddy." Then she heard the child saying "What?" Which sounded as if someone was talking to the child. The Fairfield woman lived near a school, so she thought that a child was possibly lost.

According to on June 14, the woman followed the voice still crying out for "daddy" thinking she could hopefully find the child before police arrived. She got near the school and the voice became louder, almost as if it were right there with her. She looked up in a nearby tree and there she saw the source of that voice, a parrot.

James Perez of the Fairfield Police Department said that the woman called into 911 to report the child's cries before she set out to find the child, who sounded as if they were lost. Then there was the parrot, 25 feet up a tree.

Parrots have the uncanny ability to mimic what they hear in their surroundings, reports Scientific American. While in the wild they mimic the sounds of the other birds and animals. Parrots don't come ready-made with a human vocabulary if they've been raised in the wild.

Most birds are developmentally hardwired to create the sounds of their species, but not parrots. One of the theories for this ability to mimic sounds is for birds to find other birds of their region while in the wild for matting purposes.

Each region that the birds come from in the wild has their own dialect, so even in the wild the parrots from different areas vocalize different sounds. Scientist believe they may also have the ability to do this so the birds to recognize an outsider that has come into their territory.

When in captivity parrots are imitating the voices around them much like they do the sounds of the birds in the wild. Birds that mimic have good memory control. Apparently this parrot the Conn. woman was hunting down had been among children who often called out for their "daddy!"

The parrot that was sitting in the tree calling out "daddy" was identified as Ralphie, a family pet that had been missing for days. The owner of the parrot lived about a mile away from where the woman spotted him in the tree.

Police rescued Ralphie and brought him home to his "daddy." Officer Perez said that the department was just glad that there were not children hurt and that the voice wasn't coming from a child in distress or lost. Instead it was " a bird yearning for its father or its 'daddy' and we got it back to him."

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