A parrot in Belarus almost had a shot at becoming one of the country's new regional councilors. According to BBC News, the bird's activist owner successfully registered his pet as a candidate in a local election. The electoral commission apparently accepted his photoshopped identity document with a picture of the bird -- named Yasha -- and even processed an application to set up an associated campaign group. Yasha's owner says he was trying to showcase the futility of Belorussian politics. So once he felt he accomplished that goal, he immediately withdrew the bird's documents to avoid any possible penalties.