A parrot named Willie alerted its owner, Megan Howard, when the toddler she was babysitting began to choke. While Megan was in another room, the parrot screamed “mama, baby” and flapped its wings as the child turned blue. Megan rushed over and performed the Heimlich, saving the girls life.

Parrot gets award for warning about choking tot

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, has been given the local Red Cross chapter’s Animal Lifesaver Award.

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

Willie repeatedly yelled “Mama, baby” and flapped his wings, and Howard returned in time to find the girl already turning blue.

Howard saved Hannah by performing the Heimlich maneuver but said Willie “is the real hero.”

“The part where she turned blue is always when my heart drops no matter how many times I’ve heard it,” Hannah’s mother, Samantha Kuusk, t… Continue Reading (1 minute read)

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  1. RandomUserName24680

    > Willie, a Quaker parrot, has been given the local Red Cross chapter’s Animal Lifesaver Award.

    I kind of expected a parrot to be a druid if they were in any way religious.

  2. thebetterpolitician

    I’ve had a Quaker parrot for over 20 years (didn’t know they lived that long when I was a kid getting her) but they’re the most territorial, loud, vicious little shits you’ve ever seen. Beyond loving to me, but anyone else they’ll literally attack to no avail. This story sounds great, but unless you want every Roomate you’ve ever had to resent your bird I recommend something quieter.

  3. chaosperfect

    That’s amazing. It boggles my mind how much more animals understand than we give them credit for. Like Koko the gorilla.

  4. haveyouseenmywetsuit

    Plot twist: Parrot was a serial attention seeker and had choked said child

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