A Parrot Named Freddy Krueger Is Alive And Well After A 4-Year Nightmare

April 30, 2019

A parrot named Freddy Krueger has found his way back to the zoo after thieves abducted him.

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Freddy Kruger / Credit: Globo.com

On April 16, Freddy and another parrot were stolen from a zoo in Cascavel, Brazil.

According to a local newspaper, Freddy's capture was just the latest in a series of misadventures for the turquoise-fronted Amazon parrot.

Four years ago, Freddy was brought to the zoo after being severely injured in a shootout between police and gangsters during a raid on a drug den where he had lived with his owner.

"In the shootout, [Freddy] was hit in the upper-beak … blinded and suffered burns to the feathers that grow between the eyes," the Folha de São Paulo reported.


Earlier this month, he was bitten on the leg by a snake that was not venomous. He bled profusely but survived.

Days later he was kidnapped by three armed robbers.

But to the surprise of zookeepers, Freddy returned two days later and was found at the bottom of a pine tree beside his cage.

It's unknown how he escaped, although drops of blood found near his former abode have fuelled speculation that the parrot bit his way out.

"He's a bit of a wild one," Ilair Dettoni, the zoo's vet, said.

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