Parrot saves the day by squawking

Published: February 3, 2011
The parrot started squawking when the fire started by a short-circuit. PHOTO: FILE

The parrot started squawking when the fire started by a short-circuit. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Every dog has his day, but Wednesday belonged to a pet parrot that saved the lives of two people by squawking in response to a fire.

Zulaikha Begum was busy preparing lunch for her grandson when the parrot, perched in his cage near the entrance of the kitchen, started squawking.

“At first I thought there was a cat outside the kitchen. But when I opened the backyard door, I was shocked to see a ball of fire and smoke,” Begum told The Express Tribune.

She was stunned. The only other person in the house in G-6/1-4 was her 12-year-old grandson Akram Khan, who had just returned home from school.

Moments later, she heard someone pound at the main entrance of her house. Someone shouted “open the door”.

As soon as she opened the door, the police and the fire brigade crew rushed inside and darted to the backyard to control the fire, which was spreading quickly after damaging the goods placed inside the store, at the corner of the backyard.

Though the fire was brought under control in about ten minutes, the store and its goods had been completely destroyed. “All my blankets, quilts, crockery, shoes and clothes got charred, including one of my prized antique metal boxes,” she lamented.

The fire had erupted because of the short circuiting in the house, according to the rescue workers.

She said afterwards that she was grateful to the parrot for “working as a fire alarm and saving her household.” Like she said, who knows what would have happened had she not heard the parrot squawking.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 3rd, 2011.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • rizwan
    Feb 3, 2011 - 12:23PM

    well done parrotRecommend

  • Jeddy
    Feb 3, 2011 - 3:07PM

    There should an award of some kind for such animals at a district or divisional levelRecommend

  • lallu khan
    Feb 3, 2011 - 4:08PM

    The police and fire brigade came knocking a few moments after she discovered the fire. Ergo, someone had already called the rescue services prior to the parrot squawking. It appears that even if the parrot hadn’t squawked, the lady and her grandson would have been safe.Recommend

  • Ali
    Feb 3, 2011 - 5:35PM

    well done fire services!Recommend

  • Sara
    Feb 3, 2011 - 9:51PM


    Is it PAKISTAN?

    M i dreaming?

    It must be Rescue 1122, not Typical Fire Brigade.Recommend

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