Firefighters Follow Cries of 'Help,' Find Parrots

No humans or birds hurt in Idaho blaze
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2015 12:44 AM CDT
Firefighters Follow Cries of 'Help,' Find Parrots
The female parrot started imitating the sirens, says a fire department spokesman.   (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File)

(Newser) – The fire department in Middleton, Idaho, says they're smart parrots—and if they hadn't been, they might be dead parrots. Officials say that when firefighters arrived at a house fire near Boise Friday night, they investigated cries of "Help!" and "Fire!" and, instead of the elderly woman they were expecting, they found a pair of parrots, KBOI2 reports. A fire department spokesman tells NBC News that when no people were found inside the house, thermal imagery technology revealed the parrots on the table. The spokesman says both parrots were fine after being given oxygen—and after being taken from the building, the noisier of the pair started imitating the sirens she heard. (A parrot in Florida is credited with saving the lives of its owners by waking them up during a house fire.)

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