Barking parrot alerts neighbor of fire

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November 17, 2010 7:13:08 AM PST
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An Oregon parrot used its vocal skills to bark like a dog to warn of a fire.

A local paper reports the parrot's barking alerted a neighbor to the house fire.

Firefighters in Medford were able to rescue the bird and a pair of pet ferrets.

The parrot looked to be in good shape, but the firefighters gave oxygen to the ferrets.

Authorities say the pet owner was at work when the fire started.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.