He may be a beautiful African grey parrot, but the bird apparently has the mouth of a sailor – because he won’t stop shouting, “Don’t f—ing shoot!”
The parrot, named Bud, could be giving clues in a murder-mystery case after he witnessed the slaying of his owner in Ensley Township, Michigan.
In May 2015, Michigan resident Martin Duram, 45, was shot and killed in his home.
Martin’s wife, Glenna, was found with a gunshot wound to her head, but she survived.
Michigan State Police say she left three suicide notes, and she’s now considered a suspect. Officials believe Glenna may have shot Martin five times before turning a gun on herself.
“I know for a fact I didn’t kill my husband,” Glenna told police, according to WOOD-TV 8, a station in Grand Rapids.
Meanwhile, ever since the slaying, Bud has continued repeating the disturbing phrase in Martin’s voice: “Don’t f—ing shoot!”
“That bird picks up everything and anything, and it’s got the filthiest mouth around,” Martin Duram’s mother, Lillian, told the station.
Duram’s father, Charles, added, “I personally think he was there and he remembers it, and he was saying it.”
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Bud’s new owner, Martin’s ex-wife Christina Keller, told WOOD-TV 8 that the bird appears to be replaying the murder, occasionally mimicking the voices of a man and a woman in a heated confrontation.
“I’m hearing two people in an intense argument,” Keller told the station. “Two people that I know, voices that I recognize.”
She said Bud did it again Thursday evening while she watched a TV news segment about the murder.
“It’s intense,” Keller said. “When it happens, my house turns cold.”
She believes “Don’t f—ing shoot!” may have been Martin’s final words before his death.
“[Bud] was there to see it all happen and heard it,” she said. “It imprinted in his brain. He can’t let it go, and that’s awful.”
African grey parrots are known for their ability to mimic male and female voices, according to the owner of Casa La Parrot in Grand Rapids.
“In my mind, it’s something that he’s heard, definitely heard before,” she said, according to WOOD-TV 8. “And if it’s fresh in his mind, he might even say it more now.”