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Lake Worth Beach, Florida — When someone in a Florida neighborhood heard chilling cries and the words “Let me out!” they dialed 911 — but little did they know the cries of someone screaming for help at a neighbor’s home came from an unexpected “victim.”

After receiving the call, four Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies pulled up to the address and questioned a man who appeared to be repairing a car in his driveway and explained their concerns.

However, the man suddenly smiled and without showing any alarm or remorse, he introduced the deputies to the “person” allegedly screaming for help.

As it turns out, the “victim” was a 40-year-old parrot named Rambo.

The man told officers that he taught Rambo to scream “Let me out!” when he was a kid and Rambo lived in a cage.

“I was changing the brakes on my wife’s car and had my 40-year-old parrot, Rambo, on his outside perch where he sings and talks,” the man explained to the deputies. “Sometime later four police officers showed up saying a neighbor called because she heard a woman screaming for help. I promptly introduced the officers to Rambo and we all had a good laugh.”

PBSO officials could not be reached for more details. The agency did tweet a link to a video Saturday, saying, “Our deputies in Lake Worth Beach came to the help of someone screaming for help. Hilarity ensued.”

The incident became viral on social media and YouTube, as the video — which obtained by ViralHog and posted to the deputies’ Facebook account, — shows the owner, who is not identified, fixing the brakes on his wife’s Mini Cooper in Lake Worth Beach.

Rambo can be heard screaming “Somebody help!” in the background.

“Your neighbor thinks there was screaming,” one of the arriving deputies tells the man, who smiles.

“I’ll bring the screamer to you,” he promises, opening the gate to his backyard and returning with his 40-year-old pet perched on his hand — still squawking.

“Oh my God,” one of the deputies responds.

The man then made Rambo give the deputies a show, exhibiting some of the bird’s tricks and also introduced his parrot to the concerned neighbor who called in the screaming.

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