Groucho the Parrot Ruffles Feathers

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A parrot named Groucho sang to members of the Pennsylvania State Senate this week. At least one lawmaker wasn't amused.


A bird named Groucho ruffled some feathers in the Pennsylvania state Senate this weekend in Harrisburg. Groucho is a yellow-napped Amazonian parrot who was brought to the chambers to help lobby for funding for the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. And he sings. From the visitors gallery, the bird is believed to have serenaded those in attendance with renditions of "Camptown Races," "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?" and "Alouette." According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Groucho was a hit among Senate aides during rehearsal, but Republican Senator Robert C. Jubelirer was not amused. He admonished the lieutenant governor, Catherine Baker Knoll, who'd called for the senators to acknowledge Groucho's presence. Senator Jubelirer apparently felt the avian aria inappropriate. Does that make him a kind of Groucho, too? On the other hand, the senator might find Groucho useful the next time there's a need to filibuster.

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Mr. NAT KING COLE: (Singing) Straighten up and stay right, straighten up and fly right, cool down, papa, don't you blow your top.

WERTHEIMER: Coming up, have you ever heard of honky-tonk geese? Stay tuned, if you dare.

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WERTHEIMER: Nat King Cole. And you're listening to WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News.

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