Police officers were left shocked after they were called to a domestic disturbance and found a man arguing with his parrot.
A resident in Loerrach, Germany, contacted authorities yesterday when he became concerned a row was getting out of control.
He reported he could hear loud shouting from a next-door apartment that had been going on for some time.
The police were rightly concerned and dispatched officers to property located in the town near the Swiss border.
But it turned out to be a false alarm.
When they arrived they found a 22-year-old man arguing with his girlfriends parrot, who could only respond by barking like a dog.
The man told them he had become annoyed with the bird.
Police decided not to take the matter any further.