A woman was shocked when she looked up to find her cute green rose-ringed parakeet sitting menacingly above her with a knife in his talons.
The two-and-a-half-year-old parrot named Cookie apparently entered the kitchen and took the knife, after which he headed towards the living room to stage the scary encounter with his female owner, Shahnaz Muhammad.
Shahnaz, from Jeddah, a Saudi Arabian port city on the Red Sea, told Newsflash: “I was surprised by the incident and the sight.”
However, the Saudi woman who is a housewife admitted that she had quickly realised that the situation was mostly a result of her pet’s playful behaviour.
She added: “Cookie loves to play. He carries anything he finds, interesting and bright. He loves songs and whistles and speaks words when he is happy.
“He loves seeds and Sudanese pistachios, as well as apples.”
Shahnaz explained that she currently does not own other pets, despite attempts to find Cookie a suitable mate.
She said: “I tried to get a wife for Cookie, but she bit his leg, he became depressed, and I sold her in less than a week.”
The housewife even revealed that another bird – a canary – that she owned was also sold, on this occasion because he was afraid of the mischievous green parakeet.
Rose-ringed parakeets, also known as ring-necked parakeets, are medium-sized parrots native to Africa and the Indian Subcontinent.
The species is classified as ‘least concern’ on the Red List of Threatened Species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as populations seem to be increasing.
Nevertheless, its popularity as a pet and unpopularity with farmers has reduced its numbers in some parts of its native range.
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Story By: Georgina Jadikovska, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
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