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Last Updated: Friday, 24 March 2006, 06:14 GMT
Parrot alarm saves man from fire
Peter Taylor with his parrot Merlin
Peter Taylor said Merlin ran up and down his legs when the fire started
A deaf man was saved from a fire at his home when his parrot ran up and down his legs to wake him after he failed to hear a smoke alarm in West Yorkshire.

Peter Taylor, of Mirfield, had taken his hearing aids out and was asleep when the fire broke out, so Merlin, his African Grey parrot, raised the alarm.

Mr Taylor said he owed his life to the bird who has also learnt to mimic the sound of the smoke alarm siren.

Their home has since been fitted with specialist alarms by the fire service.

"Sometimes when I'm cooking he'll come out with the noise," said Mr Taylor.

"I have to tell him that there isn't a fire and he'll stop doing it then. But he's got it perfect."

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said there were a number of alarms that incorporated flashing lights and vibrating pads alongside traditional sirens for people with hearing impairments.

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