It ain't easy being a parrot in Sderot (Illustration)
Photo: Joe Kot
Cookie the parrot, who belongs to the Cohen family in Sderot, has apparently undergone a trauma as a result of the ongoing rocket barrage the town has been subjected to in the last months.
The proximity of the Cohen's house to the town's rocket alert system's loudspeakers, which go off whenever a Qassam is launched at the area and sound the words "Red Dawn," seems to have affected the parrot badly.
"Once he used to curse and talk like a parrot, but now all he screams all the time is 'Red Dawn'," owner Yaakov Cohen, who has had Cookie for two years, complained.
While Cookie may have learned something new, the Cohens themselves, who recently had a little baby girl, suffer greatly from the loud noise coming from the speakers day and night.
"We asked for the speakers to be removed because this is impossible. Our children are too scared to listen to it," Cohen said.