WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a jungle out there in campaign television advertising.
Parrots, chicks, dogs and pigs are taking turns in commercials that bite and scratch in a way no nonpartisan pet ever would.
A parrot had a starring role in a Club for Growth Action ad that ran earlier in the year in Arkansas. It was meant to ridicule President Barack Obama and Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor's now-abandoned claims that state residents could keep their health insurance if they wanted.
Democratic congressman John Barrow in Georgia uses a dog in the first television commercial of his campaign and says it works harder than most lawmakers.
In Iowa, pigs and chicks take opposite sides of a Senate race — the snouts for Republican Joni Ernst, the beaks for Democratic congressman Bruce Braley.