Watch dogs are a pretty common security defence for homes and businesses. Watch birds not so much. But that didn't stop Merlin, a seven-year-old blue-and-gold macaw who scared off a burglar at a US pet store.
Intruders smashed the front window of Pet Palace in Leominster, Massachusetts, about 72 kilometres west of Boston, and as they entered the store the bird began to shout, store manager Lori Oltman said. "When he hears someone come into the building, or the
puppies get riled up or whatever, he'll start calling for Rhonda, who is the woman who used to own him," Oltman said.
"He was screaming for Rhonda and they weren't aware that it was a bird and not a person. And so they took flight rather quickly."