A Portland, Oregon, man managed to get his pet parrot included in his mugshot.
Craig Buckner was at his local courthouse for an appearance with his pet bird, Bird, outside waiting for him. He had assumed his court appearance wouldn’t take long, but he ended up getting taken into custody.
He asked deputies to allow him to retrieve the pet and bring him inside to be fed. They obliged, then contacted a friend to come take custody. While they waited, authorities took the man’s mugshot and included Bird in the photo - which quickly became an Internet sensation.
“Our Sheriff’s Office has very strong core values of doing the right thing. I also have very strong moral values of treating all people with compassion no matter what role I am taking,” Deputy Shoana McKelvey said, Fox 11 reported.
“Mr. Buckner was already in a stressful position and did not need the additional stress and worry of his loved pet, Bird! Bringing the two together brought me joy and brought relief to Mr. Buckner and safety to his bird.”
The story went viral, with many readers expressing their amusement at the unusual situation.
“The parrot ratted him out. He's a witness,” one Daily Mail reader quipped.
“Who the hell in their right mind brings a parrot to court?!!” another questioned.
In a similar incident, three women went viral when their bizarre mugshots -- taken after being arrested for harassing a McDonald’s worker for “working too slowly” -- surfaced online.
The women were pictured with odd smiles on their faces, posing humorously in their mugshots following the incident and subsequent arrest. Ashley England, Mary Jordan and Sammie Whaley were all arrested after being identified in security footage, according to Complex.
“England was charged with assault, theft and child endangerment. Jordan was charged with assault and child endangerment,” a press release said, Complex reported. “England and Jordan's child endangerment charges are due to the fact they had their children present with them and participating in the incident. Whaley was also charged with assault."