WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A parrot that was reportedly owned by crack dealers in northern Brazil was seized by police during a police operation on Monday in Vila Irmã Dulce, in the state capital of Piauí.
- According to reports from the Brazilian press, the parrot which is described as extremely obedient must have been trained by felons as a lookout parrot and to scream certain words to alert them of police presence while doing their illegal dealings.
- In addition, the ‘drug trafficking parrot ‘will learn how to fly at a local zoo before it will be released.
A parrot owned by drug dealers was among those taken into custody on Monday after the police raid a drug den in northern Brazil managed by a local couple.
Brazilian press reports that the parrot must have been taught by the dealers to scream, “Mum, the police!” to alert them of the police who might be conducting operations in the low-income community of Vila Irmã Dulce, in the Piauí state capital.
“He must have been trained for this. He started shouting as the police got close,” said a police officer involved in the operation.
The imprisoned bird was described by a Brazilian journalist who met the creature face to face as “super obedient.” After its arrest, the parrot kept its beak shut.
“So far, it has been completely silent, never made a sound,” said the reporter.
Local vet Alexandre Clark also attested that despite several officers coming by, the parrot had said nothing and had not cooperated yet.
In the meantime, the “papagaio do tráfico” (drug trafficking parrot) according to Brazilian broadcaster Globo, will spend three months learning to fly at a local zoo before being released.
The bird is among the growing list of animals involved in Brazil’s drug trade, however, most have been reptiles.
During a raid on a favela in western Rio de Janeiro in 2008, two small alligators were seized by police who said that local criminals have fed their enemies to the animals. But, the father of one of the accused gangsters has denied the accusations. He said that although the gang attempted to do so, the alligator rejected the corpse.
Source: The Guardian