A gang of thieves got into a flap after they raided a pet shop and were attacked – by a hero PARROT.
Sun Conure parrot Jack pecked and scratched the thugs as they tried to make off with thousands of pounds of worth of exotic animals in the early hours of this morning.
The attack was so ferocious that Jack had pieces of ripped clothing and blood on his beak and feathers and traces were found all over the shop.
Police believe 11-month-old Jack panicked and went on the offensive after the thieves tried to pull him from his cage.
Officers say Jack’s heroics could help them trace the thieves through DNA evidence left at the scene.
Jack made a stand and fought back in the early hours of today after up to three thieves broke into Hobday’s Pet Shop in Coventry.
Caroline Hobday, 49, who runs the shop with her husband Andrew, 52, said: ”We couldn’t believe it when we got into work in the morning.
”There was blood all over the shop and Jack was perched on top of his cage squawking like mad.
”All the evidence looks like he scared the thieves away and spent the rest of the night patrolling and protecting the other animals like a guard dog.
”Jack is a feisty young bird and is fiercely protective over the other birds in the shop. We often let him fly around for exercise so he knows his way around.
”He must have given the thieves a hell of a nip because his beak is like a razor and his talons are very sharp too.
”We’ve very proud of him, without his actions we would have lost thousands of pounds more animals.
”The policeman told us that the blood at the scene belonged to the thieves and Jack probably scared the intruders off.
”There was a lot of blood so Jack must have really pecked them and clawed them hard.”
A trail of blood from the thieves and feathers from Jack were discovered leading to the back door where the thieves fled in agony.
Mum-of-two Caroline added: ”We think there must have been at least two or three thieves.
”It was an organised raid because they ripped out the burglar alarm and targeted the most expensive animals in the shop.”
Shockingly, the thieves, who stole three corn snakes worth £300 and a £250 Rosella parrot, also killed several fish by stamping on them.
They also ripped off the tail of a lizard and hurled bottles at the bird cages and turtle tanks.
A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: ”Blood was found at the scene and forensic officers will be using this as part of the investigation into this burglary.
”Jack proved to be a very effective guard bird.”