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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 8:49 am    Post subject: Lost parrot recites name & address correctly Reply with quote

From CNN.com, May 21, 2008:

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Lost parrot gives vet his name and address

Lost parrot taken to cops but wouldn't talk to them

Bird began reciting name and address while in care of vet

Police check parrot's story and return him to owners






TOKYO, Japan (AP) -- When Yosuke the parrot flew out of his cage and got lost, he did exactly what he had been taught -- recite his name and address to a stranger willing to help.


Lost in Tokyo, Yosuke the parrot was able to give his name and address to get taken home.

Police rescued the African grey parrot two weeks ago from a neighbor's roof in the city of Nagareyama, near Tokyo. After spending a night at the station, he was transferred to a nearby veterinary hospital while police searched for clues, local policeman Shinjiro Uemura said.

He kept mum with the cops, but began chatting after a few days with the vet.

"I'm Mr. Yosuke Nakamura," the bird told the veterinarian, according to Uemura. The parrot also provided his full home address, down to the street number, and even entertained the hospital staff by singing songs.

"We checked the address, and what do you know, a Nakamura family really lived there. So we told them we've found Yosuke," Uemura said.

The Nakamura family told police they had been teaching the bird its name and address for about two years.

But Yosuke apparently wasn't keen on opening up to police officials.

"I tried to be friendly and talked to him, but he completely ignored me," Uemura said.


You can see the parrot at:

http://tinyurl.com/58m8lo

When I was in high school, we lived very near to a park with a zoo, and I often visited the bird house there. Finding out that myna birds could be taught to talk, I decided to teach one of the myna birds at the bird house the Gettysburg Address. He/She was good on the "Fourscore" but didn't seem to get past that point...
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ROFL - Guess I should name my next bird 'fourscore'.

That's a neat story. The police should have given him some grapes, maybe that would have made him talk. He was probably just happy to be getting attention and after a few days at the vet's got bored.

I'm glad he made it home.
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe somebody read him his Miranda rights ("You have the right to remain silent...").
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