Motorhome insurer CaravanGuard recently received a claim for the theft of a motorhome - with a live parrot in its cage still inside the vehicle. The motorhome was recovered undamaged, happily with the parrot safe and well.

The situation was subsequently used as a training exercise to test employees' knowledge of policy cover. Staff were asked: "Is the parrot covered?" To which one joker responded: "Only at night."

Backchat understands that the police have interviewed the parrot. They are now looking for a "pretty boy" in connection with the crime.