Question: What was the name of the cockatoo on the TV show Baretta? — Michelle, Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Televisionary: Fred. But you really don't think I'll let you get away with reading that short an answer, do you?
In real life, Fred was a great-triton cockatoo named Lala which was given to trainer Ray Berwick by U.S. Customs officials who found him mixed in with a bunch of chickens from Hong Kong. (Berwick had to teach him English words since the bird knew only Chinese when he got him.)
As Baretta fans know, Lala could, among other things, say "freeze," answer the phone and say "hello," and drink from a bottle. But such talents didn't come cheap. Even though other birds were used for flying and shoulder-sitting scenes, Fred (well, Berwick) still received $1000 per episode for his troubles.