Royal Navy parrot court-martialled in 1990

Ship's parrot Lord Nelson was finding out about the Royal Navy's pecking order after being demoted for attacking a senior officer.

Friday, 4th January 2019, 3:54 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 2:27 pm
Lord Nelson gets a lesson on the pecking order from Capt Ritchie.

The mascot flew into a rage when Petty Officer Steward Barry Stone raided Nelson's nut ration on board the Portsmouth-based frigate HMS Hermione.

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He found himself up before the beak '“ a mock court martial before his owner Captain Andrew Ritchie.

After being found guilty, the high flyer had his wings clipped. The Leading Parrot, who had been a favourite mascot with the fleet for several years, was demoted to Able Parrot.