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The Case of the Bloody Man and the Missing Bird

A day in the life of a patrol officer can often be unpredictable, and sometimes police are forced to just wing it.

That’s exactly what officers did when they came across a seemingly abandoned parrot and dazed, bloody man at Seafair over the weekend.

Around 5pm on August 4th, police received a report that a bleeding man was leaning against a car at 51st Avenue S. and S. Ferdinand Street. When police arrived and spoke with the man, he appeared confused about where he was, but emphatically told officers he was trying to find his bird, Sierra.

Shortly after medics took the man to Harborview for treatment, another group of officers came across a parrot perched on the handle bars of a bicycle several blocks from where the injured man was found.

Officers put the parrot in the back of a squawk car—after reading the bird her rights, naturally—and took her to an air-conditioned fire station. Officers then contacted the injured man’s wife, who was able to help police piece together this strange incident, and retrieved her husband’s bird and bicycle.