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Parrot Credited With Saving Teen's Life
UPI ^ | Feb. 8, 2013

Posted on 02/08/2013 10:26:21 PM PST by nickcarraway

A Welsh family said their parrot "died a hero" when he alerted a showering teenager to a fire in the home.

Vicky Rees, 48, of Llanelli, Wales, said her son, Ben, 17, was home alone and taking a shower when the family's parrot, Cookie, began squawking and repeatedly diving at his head, The Sun reported Friday.

The teenager investigated the cause of the parrot's distress and discovered the home was on fire. Ben was able to get out of the house but Cookie did not survive.

"He was Ben's guardian angel and died a hero. If Cookie hadn't squawked like that I'm sure Ben would have died too," Vicky Rees said. "It is so sad he didn't make it out alive. We will never forget what he did."

Investigators determined the fire started when embers from an incense stick fell onto Ben Rees' bed.

"I'm heartbroken at losing my pet. He saved my life," the teenager said.


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1 posted on 02/08/2013 10:26:24 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

“...when embers from an incense stick...”

Glad the kid is alive - sorry about the bird, sounds like a smart one. A firefighter buddy caught his daughter downstairs getting a soda, but with a lit candle going in her upstairs bedroom. He told her she would be kicked out of the house if it ever happened again. I don’t know if that was really true - but it ingrained on me to never leave a candle left alone.

And my kids do not get candles, incense, etc.


2 posted on 02/08/2013 10:31:39 PM PST by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: 21twelve

Yes, I’ve always held to that - do not leave a lit candle unattended under any circumstances.


3 posted on 02/08/2013 10:41:09 PM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Smart bird. Now dinner.


4 posted on 02/08/2013 10:42:37 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

you may eat pets. in our house pets are family, and the two rules are you don’t leave family behind, and you don’t eat family.


5 posted on 02/08/2013 10:47:56 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Parrot with rice and kimchi.

I guess you have never tried it.

It’s not like chicken.


6 posted on 02/08/2013 10:50:33 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Secret Agent Man

Concur.


7 posted on 02/08/2013 10:56:23 PM PST by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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To: 21twelve

Our electric bill has been lowered by using candles, but they’re flameless.

These are powered by AA batteries and are real wax. The tiny bulbs even flicker!

Our PUD has increased their rate 34% in the past 12 months, so our bill hasn’t gone down that much but would be higher if we had continued to use our electric lamps.

Yes, the candles are expensive, but I intend to use them for years. Would like to find rechargeable batteries that maintain a charge for a few weeks.


8 posted on 02/08/2013 11:59:40 PM PST by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: nickcarraway

He couldn’t save the Parrot?


9 posted on 02/09/2013 12:00:58 AM PST by Wiggins
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To: nickcarraway

Sounds like a real “Quaker”.


10 posted on 02/09/2013 12:13:59 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

Sounds like a real “Quaker”

Fixed...


11 posted on 02/09/2013 12:18:54 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

Uh, yes, much better...


12 posted on 02/09/2013 12:41:44 AM PST by ShasheMac
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To: nickcarraway
kidding aside, glad the kid is safe....
was it a Norwegian Blue Parrot {Monty Pyhon}

The Parrot Sketch - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=npjOSLCR2hE

13 posted on 02/09/2013 6:24:53 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,spend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: nickcarraway

I’m crazy about animals, but the idea that when they alert humans to a fire they are only doing it selflessly seems ridiculous.

Sure, maybe ol’ parrot would have come back for the kid, but I can only imagine the parrot’s last calls in vain to be something like, “Help! Get me out of here! I’m trapped!”


14 posted on 02/09/2013 6:42:23 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: skinkinthegrass

Monty Python Parrot Sketch was the first thing I thought of. I’m afraid even a story of a hero parrot evokes that response from me—and always will

C: Never mind that, my lad. I wish to complain about this parrot what I purchased not half an hour ago from this very boutique.

O: Oh yes, the, uh, the Norwegian Blue...What’s,uh...What’s wrong with it?

C: I’ll tell you what’s wrong with it, my lad. ‘E’s dead, that’s what’s wrong with it!

O: No, no, ‘e’s uh,...he’s resting.

C: Look, matey, I know a dead parrot when I see one, and I’m looking at one right now.

O: No no he’s not dead, he’s, he’s restin’! Remarkable bird, the Norwegian Blue, idn’it, ay? Beautiful plumage!

C: The plumage don’t enter into it. It’s stone dead.

O: Nononono, no, no! ‘E’s resting!

C: All right then, if he’s restin’, I’ll wake him up!

(shouting at the cage)

‘Ello, Mister Polly Parrot! I’ve got a lovely fresh cuttle fish for you if you show...(owner hits the cage)

O: There, he moved!

C: No, he didn’t, that was you hitting the cage!


15 posted on 02/09/2013 11:00:50 AM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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