For several weeks Pancho, the quick-tongued green parrot at Washington's Pan American Union, had reviled an Argentine student named Victor Fernandez, who went there to bone up on Latin American literature. One day last week Pancho screamed: "You're a beef-eating gaucho." Fernandez, who had had enough from one parrot, got angry and threatened to kill the bird.

Pancho squawked in alarm, flew into the second-floor room where the Board was meeting. Some time later (so claimed Student Fernandez) Pancho reeled out of the window, screaming: "I prefer death. It stinks in there."...

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