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Here’s Why This Man Took His Mugshot with… a Parrot


craig-buckner-and-a-parrot-via-washington-county-jail-kptvOregon man Craig Buckner is in jail, but at least he got to take a mugshot with his parrot. Washington County Court Security Deputy Shoana McKelvey talked about how it happened in a KPTV interview.

She said Buckner turned himself in for violating a release order, but he actually brought his bird, expecting a light punishment. He put the bird on a tree outside the Washington County courtroom, and walked in. But when a judge ordered him behind bars, he started worrying about his bird.

McKelvey said she went outside, and found the agitated parrot still in the tree, which was getting circled by a murder of crows.

“This was Mr. Buckner’s pet,” she said. “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.”

She brought the bird inside, hence the mugshot. A friend is taking care of the parrot while Buckner sits behind bars.

Jail records obtained by Law shows that the 38-year-old remains behind bars on $10,000 for five counts of violating a release agreement. It was reportedly over several misdemeanor theft cases.

[mugshot via Washington County and KPTV]

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