The L-Word Brings Stolen Talking Bird Home

A cockatoo named Corey has become the ultimate lovebird.

Two years after the talking bundle of feathers was stolen from his Louisiana owner's backyard, those three little words — you know the ones: "I love you" — helped get him back home where he belongs, The Associated Press reports.

Corey and four pint-size pooches belonging to dog breeder Diane Bagley were all snatched from her lawn in Shreveport in June of 2005.

The cockatoo was in his cage on the porch and the Yorkshire terrier and three Maltese were outside in the yard when the thief pounced, according to the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office.

Bagley was describing her beloved birdie to a visitor who happened to remember hearing a cockatoo utter the phrase Corey was known for, "I love you, Corey." The visitor recalled the bird being in a trailer park in Shreveport.

Bagley phoned the sheriff, and relayed what she'd discovered to Detective Kay Ward. The telltale catchphrase led Ward right to the stolen pet.

"Ward wasn't sure she had the correct address until she approached a home in the mobile home park and heard a bird inside squawking, 'I love you, Corey,'" sheriff's office spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick wrote in a news release.

The woman who lived in the trailer told Ward that another woman had given the bird to her last year.

"Corey was returned to Bagley on Wednesday in a tearful reunion," Chadwick wrote.

The hunt is still on for the missing pups. Now if only they could learn to bark those three little words.

And From the Body Art Disasters File

Chicago (AP) — A Chicago man is suing a tattoo artist and North Side tattoo parlor for allegedly misspelling a tattoo on his chest that was dedicated to the city.

Michael Duplessis alleges the tattoo was supposed to read "CHI-TOWN" in capital letters. But he says it came out with the word "town" spelled "TONW."

Duplessis is suing for monetary damages for the tattoo he alleges he received from Jade Dragon Tattoo and Body Piercing.

In the lawsuit, he says he's suffered "emotional distress from public ridicule."

The lawsuit was filed earlier this month in Cook County Circuit Court.

Duplessis — who's a mechanic — says he paid $250 for the 2005 tattoo.

Flipping Fish Give Australian Wildlife Smuggler Away ... and Then There's the Smell

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian woman was sentenced Friday to nine months of community service work for smuggling protected fish from Asia in her dress.

Sharon Naismith, 45, was caught in June 2005 at the airport in the southern city of Melbourne after customs officers heard "flipping" noises coming from her clothes and conducted a search, Australian Customs said.

In a specially made apron under her dress, they found 15 plastic bags filled with water and fish: one rare Asian arowana that customs said was worth tens of thousands of dollars, and 14 catfish.

Naismith, who had arrived from Singapore, pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to import regulated wildlife.

"Wildlife smuggling is a cruel practice, as many offenders ignore the health and well being of the animals," said Australian Customs senior officer Doug Nicoll. "Such animals can also be potential carriers of disease and harm the Australian fish industry."

Thou Shalt Not Steal, but If Thou Dost, Thou Shalt Bring the Goods Back

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Burglars have struck twice at the Guyandotte United Methodist Church but the second time they may have remembered that commandment, the one that goes, "Thou shalt not steal."

Thieves first jimmied the church's door locks Monday night and stole about $5,000 worth of sound and office equipment, church treasurer Rocky Frazier said.

Then, they broke back the next night and returned everything. "They taketh and the Lord giveth back," Frazier said Friday. "It's like there's a higher power at work."

Whatever the reason, they had a change of heart, said the Rev. Julia Bolling.

"It was either that, or our prayer for grace for them," she said.

The sound system, keyboard, computer — "It's all back," she said.

The only thing the thieves didn't return was about $22 in change, Frazier said.

Even though the equipment was returned and no real damage was done, Huntington Police Lt. Rocky Johnson said the investigation remains open.

"It's odd that they brought it back," said Johnson, noting that he's never seen anything like this. "I'm glad they did."

Compiled by's Catherine Donaldson-Evans.

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