Craig Buckner's macaw parrot, Bird, poses with him for a mugshot after he brought the pet with him to court. Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff's Office
HILLSBORO, Ore., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Authorities in Oregon said a man's pet parrot ended up making a guest appearance in his mug shot when he brought the bird with him to court.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office said Craig Buckner made an appearance at the Courthouse Complex in Hillsboro Nov. 28 and he told deputies when he was taken into custody on the judge's orders that he hadn't expected to be jailed, so he had brought his 4-year-old macaw with him and instructed the bird to wait for him in a tree outside.
Buckner told deputies the parrot, named Bird, was very well trained and would not leave the tree without his permission.
Deputy Shoana McKelvey went outside to check on the macaw and found it to be in distress with crows circling overhead.
McKelvey accompanied Buckner outside to retrieve Bird, which then appeared with the suspect in his booking photo and was allowed to wait with Buckner until a friend could pick up the animal and care for it while Buckner works to resolve his case.
"This was Mr. Buckner's pet. He has had this bird since it has been hatched. I could just tell how concerned he was when he went into custody, this bird was so special to him," McKelvey told KPTV.
"Our sheriff's office has very strong core values of doing the right thing. I also have very strong moral values of treating all people with compassion no matter what role I am taking. Mr. Buckner was already in a stressful position and did not need the additional stress and worry of his loved pet, Bird! Bringing the two together brought me joy and brought relief to Mr. Buckner and safety to his bird," she said in a sheriff's office news release.