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The UK Ministry of Defence has paid compensation to parrot owners for the death or injury of their pets startled by low flying military aircraft, the British press reported today. One parrot keeled over when a C-130 flew overhead, while another one broke both its legs falling off its perch. In the latter case, the MoD reportedly paid for veterinarian bills, including two splints.

The Daily Mail reported that the MoD paid over £1 million ($1.5 million) in compensation over the last three years for low flying aircraft causing the death or injury of cattle, horses, dogs, cows stopping from producing milk, chickens no longer laying eggs, and damage from stampedes.

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