|Willie the parrot - hero|
Willie, a Quaker parrot, has been given the Animal Lifesaver Award by the Red Cross chapter in Denver, Colorado.
In November, Willie's owner, Megan Howard, was baby-sitting for a toddler. Howard left the room and the little girl, named Hannah, started to choke on her breakfast.
The feathered protector repeatedly shouted "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."
Hannah's mother Samantha Kuusk told KCNC-TV: "The part where she turned blue is always when my heart drops no matter how many times I've heard it. My heart drops in my stomach and I get all teary eyed."
Willie got his award during a Breakfast of Champions event Friday attended by Colorado governor Bill Ritter and Denver mayor John Hickenlooper.
Other animal stuff to read:
- Swearing parrot tells kid 'I'm going to rip your head off'
- Frog marriage to summon rain
- Duck thinks she is a dog
- Lost dog returns to family after nine years
- Phone found in the belly of a fish... and it still works
Technorati tags: Animal