A bird trained to tipoff drug dealers has been seized by police in Northern Brazil.
It's not uncommon for people dealing in illegal substances to have some sort of early warning system to let them know if the authorities are approaching. Silent alarms, watchdogs and human guards are all common. But, at least one Brazilian drug dealer was using something a little more unusual: a parrot.
Last April, Brazilian authorities took a parrot belonging to a drug trafficker in to custody after the bird tried to alert its owner of an incoming police raid. As officers approached the house, the bird reportedly began shouting "Mummy, police!"
"He must have been trained for that," said one officer involved in the operation. "As soon as police got close he began shouting."
At least one person was arrested at the scene and the bird was confiscated by police.
And it seems that the parrot is no snitch either, as police have apparently been unable to get any more information from the bird.
"Lots of police officers have come by and he's said nothing," said local vet Alexandre Clark who is overseeing care for the parrot.
The parrot is now being transferred to Teresina Zoo where presumably it will proceed to warn the other animals about any unwanted visitors.