Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Giving the awards the bird

Forget the Rondo Award honorees. (wink, wink) From the Associated Press today comes this news about a truly award-worthy character-- a parrot named Willie:

DENVER – A parrot that alerted his owner about a baby who was choking was recognized as a hero by the Red Cross. Willie the parrot was given the Animal Lifesaver Award during the "Breakfast of Champions" event attended by Gov. Bill Ritter and Mayor John Hickenlooper.

Willie received the award Friday for his actions in November, when he and owner Megan Howard were baby-sitting a toddler. Willie repeatedly yelled "Mama, baby" when Howard went to the bathroom and the toddler started to choke on her breakfast.

Howard saved the baby by performing the Heimlich maneuver but she said Willie "is the real hero."


Pierre Fournier said...

Now, if it was the parrot who gave the kid the heimlich, THAT would have been something.

Max the drunken severed head said...

Or beak to mouth resuscitation!


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