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Legislator’s office robbed, parrot killed

NORWEGIAN BLUE?While the parrot had been rescued by Wang Sing-nan last fall, it couldn’t cheat death again as it became the hapless victim when burglars came to call

By Huang Wen-huang  /  Staff Reporter, with Staff Writer

A parrot lies dead beneath its perch in the joint service office of Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Wang Sing-nan and Greater Tainan Councilor Kuo Ching-hua in Tainan on Monday. The bird is thought to have been killed by thieves.

Photo: Huang Wen-huang, Taipei Times

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Wang Sing-nan (王幸男) arrived at work on Monday morning and was dumfounded to find that not only had his office been robbed but the office’s parrot had faced an untimely demise — it had apparently been strangled to death.

Three computer monitors and a computer screen were stolen, said staff at the office, which is shared by Wang and Greater Tainan Councilor Kuo Ching-hua (郭清華).

Upset over the death of the innocent parrot, the office staff lodged a protest with the chief of the Greater Tainan Police Department Chen Tzu-jing (陳子敬), saying that “public order is so bad that even a bird can’t have its life spared.”

According to the staffer, the parrot was named Dong Suan (凍蒜, meaning “get elected” in Taiwanese) after Wang found it injured on the side of the road about five or six months ago.

Initially intending to set it free, the office staff said they -decided to keep it temporarily out of concern for its unhealed wounds.

The office staff said they viewed the parrot as a mascot because shortly afterward, Kuo was elected councilor in the special municipality elections in November last year.

Saying that the parrot would usually squawk when it saw strangers, the office staff suspected the robber, afraid of being discovered, may have killed the parrot to keep it from squawking.

Two suspects were later apprehended and were quoted by police yesterday as saying that they robbed the office because they needed cash.

However, they denied strangling the parrot, the police added.

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