I have been trying my hubby to get a pet for sometime now, something he wouldn't consider let alone do.

But now, after this story is out, I see men queuing at pet stores and buying their better halves the prized grey parrots for Valentine's:

Parrot squawks on woman's affair
A parrot owner was alerted to his girlfriend's infidelity when his talkative pet let the cat out of the bag by squawking "I love you Gary".

Suzy Collins had been meeting ex-work colleague "Gary" for four months in the Leeds flat she shared with her partner Chris Taylor, according to reports.

Mr Taylor apparently became suspicious after Ziggy croaked "Hiya Gary" when Ms Collins answered her mobile phone.

The parrot also made smooching sounds whenever the name Gary was said on TV.

New home

Mr Taylor, 30, a computer programmer, confronted the woman he had lived with for a year who admitted the affair and moved out, several newspapers reported.

He also gave up his eight-year-old African Grey parrot after the bird continued to call out Gary's name and refused to stop squawking the phrases in his ex-girlfriend's voice.

"I wasn't sorry to see the back of Suzy after what she did, but it really broke my heart to let Ziggy go," he said.

"I love him to bits and I really miss having him around, but it was torture hearing him repeat that name over and over again."

Ms Collins, 25, said: "I'm not proud of what I did but I'm sure Chris would be the first to admit we were having problems."

Ziggy - named after David Bowie's former alter ego Ziggy Stardust - has now found a new home through the offices of a local parrot dealer.
Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2006/01/17 11:45:02 GMT


Hehe.. I have nothing to hide.. that talkative parrot is more than welcome.. hint hint hint.. at least I will have someone ... anyone .. to talk to !


don_veto said...

Hehe, I posted that same article here on my blog, I thought it was hilarious.

Mike C said...

That's too funny. Careful with your language if you get one of those things!

Roba said...

My grandparents had a parrot for decades and decades. She was soo cute! There were many funny stores around it... Like the fact that she said "As-Salamu-Alikum" any time someone rang the door bell even if no one was home, so people thought the household was psycho for occassionally not opening the door to guests :D

AbuRasool said...

Inspired by Ms Rabiha al-Zeera I suggest you find yourself a bald eagle.......... ;)

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

Thanks Don.. And you think you can trust your pet...

Don't worry about me Mike.. I don't have much to hide.

Roba.. you reminded me of our parrots back home. We had an African Grey, who used to sing and dance the whole time. Great entertainer, God bless his lively soul.

And then we had a green Indian parrot, who was there forever, until one morning I found my mum crying in the kitchen, when she found the parrot dead. It was so sad.

hehe .. Dr Khalaf.. You know something. We had falcons at home for sometime. Don't know why .. but I remember having to feed the vultures raw meat.. It was disgusting! And Eagles.. la shukran.. We have our iguana at home for entertainment purposes now !

ceci le vista said...

Silly Akht, those bald eagles do not talk much... but they are quite large! I have seen their nests, in Maryland marshlands, which look like boats on treetops.

One crazy old coot landowner had a stuffed eagle displayed above his fireplace. Now I remember; Levin was his name. Today it is seroiusly illegal to bother such a protected species. In the old days it wasn't.

Old Levin said; "We fished the waterways and the eagles fished the waterways. They took many fish, so we hunted them first."

I'm glad I looked through a ll these comments cuz some are very interesting and funny. Must pay attention.

I was told of a tragic family memorial long long past where a parrot near the front door kept sqauwking; "look at the pretty girls, look at the pretty girls." This was done as crying throngs of people entered the house. They covered the cage, with a coat, to silence the bird.

Wow. You had falcons. And all you can say is raw meat vultures !?! You are Silly!

Cerebralwaste said...


I saw the Falcon shop a while back on my way from the track via the backroads of Riffa. I say THE shop because I had never seen one in Bahrain before and I have always kept my eyes open for one. Anyway I think you need a Silly Parrot. Tell the good husband to pull the cash out of his wallet and get you one for Valentines Day. If you want me to tell him of course I will!

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