Police Respond To Woman Screaming For Help, Find Parrot (Photo)

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After receiving a call about a woman screaming for help, a sheriff's deputy in Clackamas, Oregon, was relieved to find the screams were coming from a family's pet parrot. 

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office received the call on Nov. 6 after a UPS driver heard the screams while delivering packages, according to CBS News. 

The driver, Lee Purdy, was shaken but wasn't sure if the voice was real. Purdy called his wife and explained the situation, leading to his wife calling the police. 

"It was clearly weighing on him, so she thought she'd better call," Public Information Officer Brian Jensen told CBS News. 

When deputies arrived at the residence, they found Diego the parrot in no need of help.

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"The deputies were able to contact the owner and gain entrance into the residence," Jensen said. "And that's what they found." 

Deputy Hayden Sanders posed for a picture with the bird that was shared by the sheriff's office. 

"We're thankful," Jensen said. "It's super funny. We were ribbing [Sanders] a little bit. We're just glad that no one, including the bird, actually needed any help."

This isn't the first time a noisy parrot has caused a police response.

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In 2013, police in Ontario, Canada, broke down the door to a woman's apartment after a passerby reported a woman's screams coming from the building's intercom. 

The woman's intercom somehow became stuck in the "on" position, allowing people on the street to hear her parrot, Gobbler, screaming, the Toronto Sun reports.

The woman, Mary Brown, said she couldn't blame the police, considering the sounds Gobbler can make. 

"If I was the police officer, I would have probably used the same judgment," she said. 

Apart from fooling humans, a recent incident in London proves that parrots' mimicry can also fool technology. 

In September, a London woman was puzzled when she received an email notifying her that her Amazon order had been placed. 

"I hadn't ordered anything and couldn't figure out what had been ordered," Corienne Pretorius told the Mirror.

She asked her husband and her son if they had ordered anything. Both said they had not. 

She then realized there was only one explanation: The family's parrot, Buddy, had fooled their voice-activated Amazon Echo and placed an order. 

The Amazon Echo is activated by speaking the name "Alexa" and issuing a command. Because it links to the Amazon website, it can be used to place orders using only voice commands. 

"At the moment his favorite word is Alexa, but he also likes to say 'hi buddy' and makes squeaky noise," Pretorius said.

Back in Oregon, the Clackamas Sheriff's Office has had its share of animal related incidents in recent days.

About a week before the parrot call, deputy Lon Steinhauer was on patrol when he noticed a woman in distress pull her car to the side of the road. 

When he approached, he realized the woman had been frightened by a large spider on her dashboard. Steinhauer put on gloves and removed the spider.

"It's crazy to watch," Jensen said. "One of our deputies joked we're turning in Animal Planet."

Source: CBS News, Toronto Sun, Mirror / Featured Image: Tom Fawls/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office via CBS NewsSenior Airman Whitney Lambert/U.S. Air Force

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