Alarmed Neighbor Calls Police About Woman Screaming 'Let Me Out'—Turns Out To Be Parrot

An alarmed neighbor called police after hearing what she thought was a woman screaming "Help, help, let me out!"—but it turned out to be a parrot.

Four sheriff's deputies responded to a residence in Lake Worth Beach, Florida on December 29 and found a man working on a car on his driveway.

The screams that led a neighbor to believe a woman was possibly being held captive can be heard shortly before the deputies arrive at the home in footage captured on the Ring video doorbell app.

"I'll bring the screamer out to you," the man, who has not been named, told the deputies after being questioned about the noise coming from his home. Moments later, he retrieved the source of the shrieks—his 40-year old parrot Rambo.

The bird is seen greeting the officers, who appear to share a laugh before leaving the home.

"Our Deputies in Lake Worth Beach came to the help of someone screaming for help. Hilarity ensued," the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook.

Rambo's owner explained that he had been changing the brakes on his wife's car and had his pet parrot on the outside perch, where the latter was singing and talking.

"Sometime later four police officers showed up saying a neighbor called because she heard a woman screaming for help," he said.

"I promptly introduced the officers to Rambo and we all had a good laugh. Afterward, I also introduced Rambo to the neighbor who called in the screaming. She too had a good laugh."

The man said he had taught the parrot to scream when he had kept the bird in a cage when he was young.

"Sometimes Rambo yells 'help, help, let me out'. Something I taught him when I was a kid and Rambo lived in a cage," he said.

It's not the first time a mouthy parrot has caused its owner problems. In 2018, a parrot was caught ordering items using an Alexa device.

Rocco, an African Grey, requested the items—including strawberries, a watermelon and even a water boiler—through the electronic personal assistant while his minder was out of the home. But thanks to a parental lock, none of his attempted purchases went through.

Also that year, a parrot that was stuck on a roof told firefighters who had been sent to rescue it to "f*** off."

Jessie, a turquoise and yellow macaw, spent three days on the roof of a house in north London, England, when her owner became concerned and called the fire brigade. They had been told to coax Jessie down by saying "I love you" but when they tried it, the parrot hurled abuse at them.

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Stock photo. A neighbor called police in Florida after hearing a woman's screams for help that turned out to have come from a pet parrot. Ezequiel Becerra/AFP via Getty Images