A few years back when our girls were in high school, we were all four away for the weekend. Naturally, we had locked all the doors and set the alarm before we left. Our oldest daughter’s boyfriend must not have gotten the memo because when he came to the back door and no one answered, he used the hidden key to let himself in. He knew where the hidden key was, but he did not know the code for the alarm. When it went off, knowing he was in a precarious position, he “fled the scene.” A few minutes later, the police arrived. When they were unable to get anyone to the door, and the back door was unlocked, they decided to enter the house to make sure everything was okay.
Now, before I continue I should remind you that we have a large parrot in the house – a macaw – and he can say certain words and phrases with the clarity of a person. And, perhaps equally as relevant, he can spew these words and phrases LOUDLY when he decides to. That said, let me get back to the story.
The two officers later reported that they were very tense entering the house. One even said that it just didn’t feel right…like someone was in there and they were going to have a “situation” on their hands. His word.
So they entered the back hallway, calling out, “Sheriff’s office! Anyone here?” every few feet. One recounts hearing something “strange,” but he couldn’t identify it or tell where it was coming from. (That would be this huge bird walking around on his cage – it is a strange sound if you don’t know what it is)
So they made their way into the main room up front, and admitted later that they were quite tense at this point. (police intuition thing) They were methodically moving through the house, looking around. Then, just before they were about to head upstairs, it happened. Both officers later said that they were frightened by this event more than they had ever been on any prior call.
Rainbow (the macaw) screamed at the top of his lungs, “HILLARY!!!” (our daughter’s name) and the poor officers knew not what cometh. They had not gone around that last corner just a few feet away, so they didn’t know there was a bird in the house.
Both of them drew their side arms, one went down on both knees and neither knew where to aim because they didn’t know what the hell had just happened! When this bird screams, it sounds like everything horrifying you ever heard, all wrapped up in one bloodcurdling voice. One said that he almost fired off a round in panic, and they both claim to have thought that they may be using deadly force in the seconds that followed. But they figured it out when Rainbow exclaimed, "HEY!!!" a few seconds later (more like "HAY!!! since he does have a southern accent) and then things calmed down, but they said that the ungodly scream of a girl’s name really unnerved them.
I can’t help but picture Barney Fife when I think of this fiasco. O, but to have been there…
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