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Life imitates ... Monty Python?

Woman takes pet shop to court over dead parrot

map October 14, 1997
Web posted at: 7:48 p.m. EDT (2348 GMT)

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (CNN) -- It's no Monty Python joke: A Swedish woman is taking a local pet shop to court for selling her a parrot that died after a couple of days. The shop says the bird may just have been sleeping.

The woman paid 4,900 crowns ($650) for the parrot last year.

But a few days after she took the bird home it started behaving strangely, becoming apathetic and then losing its sense of balance so it could not sit on its perch.

She took the parrot to a nearby vet but it died a few hours later, Swedish news agency TT reported on Tuesday. She immediately buried her dead pet.

When the woman went back to the pet shop to complain, the shop owner refused to believe the parrot was dead, because the customer could not produce the body, and said maybe it had just been sleeping.

The case, which now goes to a local court in Malmo in southern Sweden, reads like a scene from the former British TV series "Monty Python's Flying Circus." The comedy troupe once performed a skit in which a pet shop owner argues with a customer over whether a recently perished parrot is dead or merely sleeping.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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