‘Anton! Anton!’: Man’s Parrot Yells His Name to Wake Him During Fire, Saves His Life

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A parrot is being hailed a hero in Australia after saving its owner’s life by warning him about a fire that broke out in his house.

Pet alarm: Anton Nguyen was sleeping inside his home in Brisbane on Wednesday night when he was woken up by the sound of his parrot yelling out to him, 9 News Australia reported.

  • “Eric, my parrot, he started to yell, so I woke up and I smelt a bit of smoke, I grabbed Eric, opened the door and looked to the back of the house and saw some flames,” he was quoted as saying.
  • Firefighters arrived at 2:30 a.m. but were unable to save Nguyen’s home.

 

Tragedy averted: Eric’s immediate warning, in which he repeatedly shouted “Anton” until he woke up, resulted in him and his owner surviving the ordeal without any injury, reported ABC.

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  • “There were smoke detectors [but] the bird alerted before the smoke detectors went off,” an inspector from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service was quoted as saying.
  • Parrots, which can imitate human speech, often use their vocal prowess to share important information.
  • Fortunately for Nguyen, Eric knew how to put this special talent to good use.
  • While Nguyen lost all of his belongings, he was thankful that he and Eric survived.
  • “Everything’s alright so long as I have myself and the bird,” he said.
  • Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire.

Featured Image Screenshots via 9 News Australia

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