Talking Parrot In India Helps Police Find Murderer

| by Jonathan Wolfe

A talking parrot in India helped put a murderer behind bars last week.

On February 20th, Indian woman Neelam Sharma and her dog were inexplicably found dead in their house. Local police were struggling to find suspects in the murder during the following week.

Then, Sharma’s husband, Vijay Sharma, noticed a peculiar pattern. Every time a nephew named Ashutosh visited the house, the parrot started acting differently.

"During discussions too, whenever Ashutosh's name was mentioned, the parrot would start screeching. This raised my suspicion and I informed the police," Sharma said.

After being questioned by police, Ashutosh confessed to killing Sharma and her dog. Ashutosh said he broke into the house to steal cash and valuables, and killed Sharma to make sure she wouldn’t report him.

"We checked his call details and took him in custody,” police said. “He accepted his crime and informed us that he was accompanied by an accomplice. They had entered the house with the intention of taking away cash and other valuables."

Way to go, little parrot.

A 2011 study found parrots have the intellectual capabilities of a four-year-old child. One famous gray parrot named Alex reportedly understood the concept of “0” and had a vocabulary of over 150 words. He used his impressive vocabulary in conversations with his caretakers.

Sources: Time, Times of India, Live Science