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Hero parrot feted for saving child

March 25, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

A parrot whose cries of alarm alerted his owner when a little girl choked on her breakfast has been honored as a hero. Willie, a Quaker parrot, was given the Denver Red Cross chapter's Animal Lifesaver Award last week.

In November, Willie's owner, Megan Howard, was baby-sitting a toddler, Hannah. Howard left the room and the little girl started to choke on her breakfast.

Willie repeatedly yelled "Mama, baby" and flapped his wings until Howard returned to find Hannah turning blue.

Howard saved the girl with the Heimlich maneuver but called Willie "the real hero."

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