Animals have been helping humans for thousands of years, but can a parrot solve a murder?
According to multiple media reports, the answer is yes.
The Times of India reports newspaper editor Vijay Sharma returned to his home Feb. 20 and found his wife dead. The family dog had also been killed.
Police struggled for a week to get any leads but the husband noticed his wife’s parrot, Hercule, went nuts when his nephew visited the home. The talking bird also began screeching any time someone mentioned the nephew’s name.
Sharma told police in Agra about Hercule’s strange behavior and police picked up the nephew for questioning.
The nephew admitted the crime, telling police he and an accomplice had intended to burglarize the home but he stabbed his aunt and the barking dog to death after they spotted him.
Hercule, the Times of India reports, “watched silently.”
That’s a lovely story, but is it true?
A reader in the comments points out the bird’s name and species is a little too close to famed fictional detective Hercule Poirot from Agatha Christie’s novels.
The Telegraph confirmed the story with Sharma and quotes a police supervisor as saying “We got a lot of help from the parrot to zero in on the murderer.”
But the same story has another supervisor saying the case was solved by old fashioned police work, not the bird.
“We don’t know where the parrot came into it,” said the officer.
I wonder if the parrot can say “skepticism.”
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