updated 9/5/2008 11:11:28 AM ET 2008-09-05T15:11:28

Cries for help inside a house in New Jersey turned out to be nothing but a talkative cockatoo.

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Neighbors called police Wednesday morning after hearing what they believed was a woman's persistent cry of "Help me! Help me!" coming from a house. Officers arrived and when no one answered the door, they kicked it in to make a rescue, The Times newspaper reported.

But instead of a damsel in distress, officers found a caged bird with a convincing call.

It was not the first time the 10-year-old bird named Luna said something that brought authorities to the home of owner Evelyn DeLeon.

About seven years ago, the bird cried like a baby for hours, leading to reports of a possible abandoned baby and a visit to the home by state child welfare workers. But it was only Luna practicing a newfound sound, DeLeon told the newspaper.

DeLeon says her bird learns much of her ever-growing vocabulary from watching television, in both English and Spanish.

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