Parrot Helps Catch Owner's Murderer
It screeched whenever dead owner's nephew was near
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2014 10:37 AM CST
A parrot, not Hercules, in Varanasi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.   (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

(Newser) – The title of "man's best friend" might no longer go to dogs after this one: A parrot reportedly led detectives to its owner's murderer, the Times of India reports. Neelam Sharma, 45, was found stabbed to death along with her dog in the Indian city of Agra on Feb. 20, and police were stumped as to who could've killed her. But her pet parrot—who was "stunned into silence" after the crime, the Daily Mail reports—apparently had a clue to offer that Sharma's husband picked up on about a week later. Whenever Sharma's nephew, Ashutosh Goswami, came to the house, "the parrot that was unusually quiet suddenly started shrieking and flapping around the cage," says Vijay Sharma.

Even a mention of the nephew's name caused the bird to shriek; "this raised my suspicion and I informed the police," says Sharma. "We checked his call details and took him [into] custody," said police of Goswami, who, per the AFP, had a dog bite on his hand. Police say he admitted to the murder "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." According to police, he stabbed his aunt to protect his identity and killed the dog because it wouldn't stop barking; the watchful parrot was obviously unharmed.

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iq145
Feb 28, 2014 10:34 PM CST
Another voided term: "Bird brain".
Plato
Feb 28, 2014 2:43 PM CST
I read an article about gorillas that recognized a poacher somewhere in Africa. The guy had been a part of a group that had been killing gorillas and selling their body parts. He later got a job as a park ranger that protects the gorillas from poachers, the park rangers department did not know that he had been a poacher. But the gorillas knew him and had not forgot what he had done. The gorillas would raise some kind of hell every time they saw him. The park rangers got suspicious and the guy finally confessed that he had been a poacher. Animals do not have human intelligence, but they do have intelligence.
jagerhans
Feb 28, 2014 1:06 PM CST
nephew: hey detective, how did you get to me detective: a little birdie told us.