Doug Hamlin

1212 days ago

Sometimes parrots can be roped into criminal activity themselves. In September of 2010 in the Colombian city of Barranquilla, a parrot named Lorenzo was taught by his owners, members of a Cali drug cartel, to say "RUN, RUN" when he spotted the police. Lorenzo was guarding a load of guns and marijuana. He wasn't prosecuted.

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​This story was co-produced with Atlas Obscura, the definitive guide of the world's hidden wonders. Sign up for their newsletter here. Recently, a friend of mine sent me a strange message. It was imperative, she said, that I get in touch with a guy named Geoffrey Mitchell.