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Warbling Parrot Busted; Doesn’t Get a Chance to Sing on the Stand

September 2, 1987

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) _ A singing parrot named ″Parrot″ was hauled into court for allegedly disturbing the peace by singing over and over the children’s song, ″I Threw the Stick at the Cat.″

The case against ″Louro″ - Portuguese for parrot - made front pages and the network TV news Wednesday in Sao Paulo, South America’s largest city.

Cristina Carvalhosa, the wife of Judge Sergio Carvalhosa of the Sao Paulo State Appeals Court, charged in local criminal court hearing Tuesday that Louro keeps people awake nights in her middle-class neighborhood.

Louro’s owner, Jose Freeman, a retired Sao Paulo State Police officer whose house is 50 yards from the judge’s, denied the charges and brought witnesses from the complex to defend the bird. The Carvalhosas called other neighbors to testify for their side.

Judge Roberto de Morais Aguiar of the 2nd Criminal Court did not make Louro take the stand. But the parrot proved to several journalists outside that it certainly could sing ″I Threw the Stick at the Cat,″ and sing it loudly.

Aguiar said he would rule later this week. If the verdict goes against Louro, Freeman can be fined the equivalent of $2 a day for each proved sleepless night.

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