October 6, 2003

Parrots in Law

What is it about Parrot courtroom stories that compel us so?

I give you the story of Loulou, a lost African gray belonging to David DeGroff. The saga begins when a friend of DeGroff's neglected to wear her glasses and pushed through a screen door, providing an escape route for the bird. Soon after, an African gray was adopted by Nina Weaver from the local Humane Society animal shelter.

DeGroff seeks to prove that the adopted bird is his, and is suing for the bird's return.

DeGroff said he drove to Weaver's home, but no one answered when he knocked on the front door. He said he saw a bird through the window and felt a connection.
He hopes to identify the bird by getting it to mimic the Andy Griffith theme song or to say "Daddy's got to go to work" on the witness stand.

A third party, parrot breeder Sue Morrow, was asked by Weaver to examine the bird in the hope that it would help her prove to DeGroff that it is not his.

The only things Morrow heard Weaver's bird say were a cryptic "Toby" and a less-cryptic "Shut up, Toby." [...]

[A Humane Society Representative] also said the bird they found "never whistled the Andy Griffith song." It did utter one memorable phrase: "What's that smell in here?"

In an unrelated story, let me be the first to wish you a happy "Oh My Sweet Lord, Arnie is the Governor of California"-eve. (Thanks to Ryan for bringing that to my attention).

Posted by James at October 6, 2003 1:33 PM
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