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Ontario woman ticketed for driving with a parrot on her shoulder, police say

File photo of a Macaw, a type of parrot. GETTY IMAGES.

A driver in southern Ontario was charged with a fairly unusual traffic violation last week — travelling with a large, unrestrained parrot in her car.

Provincial police were contacted Thursday after a woman was spotted driving with a large parrot on her shoulder.

The woman was stopped near Stratford, Ont., and charged under a section of Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act that forbids crowding the driver’s seat.

Police say a charge of that kind comes with a minimum fine of $110.

Officers say crowding the driver’s seat is not a charge they lay often.

But they say that this is a reminder that driving with any unrestrained animals in a car can be a distraction that may lead to dangerous driving.