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Parrot Saves Owner From Fire

February 20, 1998

BRYN MAWR, Pa. (AP) _ Rupert knew enough to start squawking when the house fire started. The parrot is talking again _ faintly _ now that he’s been saved from the rubble.

``He said `Hi-ya Rup,‴ said Lynn Norley, still shaken after the fire that destroyed her historic home in suburban Philadelphia.

The fire would have destroyed Ms. Norley, too, if Rupert hadn’t noticed Monday’s fire. The gray African parrot woke Ms. Norley just in time for her to drop her two dogs out a second-floor bathroom window, then jump to safety herself.

Ms. Norley thought her pet of 12 years had died. She had left him wrapped in a towel in the bathroom.

Hours later, firefighters found Rupert in the tub under fallen layers of insulation and bathroom tiles. He was wet, black from soot and weak from smoke inhalation.

Rupert’s voice isn’t what it was, but the bird is doing fine. Ms. Norley said Thursday that she’s had calls from bird specialists all over the country who can’t believe Rupert survived.

``I thought he was dead,″ said Ms. Norley, who spoiled her recovering bird with $80 worth of toys this week at her parents’ home. ``I can’t believe how well he seems. No one can imagine he’s alive.″

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