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Man charged in fight with parrot

A Michigan man has been charged with animal torture following allegations that he got into a fight with his pet parrot, according to reprots:

Ann Arbor police say Turpen, who kept the parrot in his backpack, shook it violently as its feathers flew, causing enough commotion for three witnesses to call 911. Officers arrested Turpen on South Main Street at 9:30 p.m. and found an unspecified quantity of marijuana in his backpack, Lt. Mark St. Amour said.
Turpen claimed he was disciplining and training the bird, police said. According to police, the parrot fought back, leaving one of Turpen's thumbs scratched up and bloodied.

Read the full story on the AnnArbor.com web site.

By Washington Post Editors  | September 24, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Animal Stories, Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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