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A Screaming Woman Behind A Restaurant Just Turned Out To Be A Parrot

"A lady thought she heard a girl screaming."

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Police in Brockville, Ontario, responded to a call Friday about a woman in distress behind a restaurant in the north end of town.

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"A lady thought she heard a girl screaming," a Brockville police spokesperson told BuzzFeed Canada.

But police didn't find any women when they arrived.

Instead, it was a parrot screeching a number of human expressions it had learned, including what must have sounded like calls for help.

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The parrot was being kept in a shed behind the restaurant, where it had been left by a restaurant employee until the end of his shift.

Police didn't have any more details, unfortunately. (Trust us: we asked.)

Parrots being mistaken for people is more common than you might think.

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There are stories from around the world of police and emergency crews responding to calls that turn out just to be talkative tropical birds.

For example, in Connecticut last year, a woman called police after hearing what she thought was a child calling "Daddy, daddy, daddy!" Turns out it was a parrot.

Also last year, firefighters in Idaho showed up to a house after hearing people inside saying "Fire!" Again, just parrots — but in this case there really was a fire and the birds were actually calling for help!

Ishmael Daro is a social news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Toronto.

Contact Ishmael N. Daro at ishmael.daro@buzzfeed.com.

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