A pensioner in Germany is facing a 900 GBP fine for animal cruelty after pulling out the tail feathers of a parrot.
The bird's owner Elvis Bolanca, 27, had told the woman that she could not have the bird after he had earlier advertised to try to find it a new home.
Elvis, who was moving flats, could not care for the parrot any more. So he had posted an advert on the internet seeking a new home for the pet.
He said: "A 70-year-old woman in the western city of Duesseldorf answered and offered to take him. I didn't want to simply hand him over there without checking and so I agreed to deliver him to her in person.
"When I got there I was shocked that the condition she was living in, there were cigarettes ends everywhere and the TV was on far too loud for a pet. She had five other birds in a tiny cage and the cat that she had also looked in a miserable condition. I couldn't do anything about them but there was no way I was leaving Nerfi with her."