Waterbury police arrested a man they said threw a parrot at a police officer during a chase in the Connecticut city on Tuesday night.
Police were responding to Orange Street for a report of a fight just after 10 p.m. when the bizarre incident happened.
Officers did not find a fight, but saw Luis Santana, 32, nearby on High Street running away, wearing no shirt and holding a white parrot, police said.
When police told Santana to stop, he tossed the bird at the officer, police said. The animal bit the policeman’s finger and Santana ran away through the woods, police said.
A witness was able to lead police to the suspect, who had allegedly barged into an apartment and was hiding in a bathroom.
Santana was charged with cruelty to animals, assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct, second-degree burglary and interfering with a police officer.
He was released from custody and is due in court on Nov. 18 for the charges, as well as a breach of peace charge and a charge of resisting arrest in connection with an incident on Oct. 9.
The Waterbury pound has the bird.