Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Exasperated residents vexed by on the loose cockatoo with dinosaur-like screech

A cockatoo with the screech of a dinosaur is vexing residents in Brookline, Massachusetts.

The white bird, named Dino because of how he announces his presence, once bit a man's fingernail and gnaws on the woodwork of the home of Nancy Gertner, a retired federal judge and senior lecturer at Harvard Law School. "I mean, it's a really a horrible sound," she said. "But we could have lived with that. It's really only the destruction that was the issue to us."

Gertner says animal control officials were called and no one can trap the bird. She left food in a cage and a string to close the door. Dino refused the bait and squirrels ate the food. "Apparently this is a bird that was loved by its family, so that's story No. 1," she said. "Then there's the fact that the bird is not going to survive the winter, and that's that's story No. 2. The fact that it makes a god-awful screech, I could live with that, and then the other issue of it being destructive."

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Her home isn't just any home, but it's the birthplace of Robert F. Kennedy and the home President John F. Kennedy lived in for six years Loud rock 'n' roll music and a blaring house alarm failed to chase Dino away and trapping efforts fell short. Gertner may have to make peace with Dino: She says she's run out of ideas to get rid of him. "We've had a lot of people coming by," she said. "But no one has figured out how to catch it."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We have a similar bird here in Sydney, Australia. He or she comes down while I'm hanging out clothes on the line, sits in the tree looking right at me and screeches at the top of its voice. Waits until I go inside then comes down and sits on the railing and screeches again while looking directly at me. I chase it off and it once again sits in the tree and screeches at me. The rest of the bird population of my suburb is great, but not this guy.