One Smart Bird

May 21, 2008 at 8:30 am | Posted in Bizarre News, Family | 4 Comments

There have been a number of really funny bizarre/offbeat news stories recently. I haven’t been posting them here because Gunner stops by and reads every once in a while and it would ruin the surprise when he receives the printed copies in the mail. I have a decent number printed up and ready to mail out, so I decided to go ahead and post this one here.

I don’t know if many of you know much about parrots. I’m certainly not an expert. However, my brother and sister-in-law have a blue and gold macaw and I’ve spent a fair amount of time around them. It’s actually kind of funny to listen to the words, phrases and sounds they pick up. With my brother and SIL’s bird, certain words and phrases sound just like her while others were clearly learned from my brother. The funniest thing though has to be a sound that he picked up.

At one point my SIL had a bad cold and was sneezing a lot. I guess the bird picked up on the fact that each time she would sneeze my brother would “pay attention” to her (e.g. respond with “Gesundheit”, “God Bless You”, etc.). The bird really likes attention and will actively seek attention from the people around him. I’m sure it sounds absurd, but it is truly funny to hear and watch a parrot “sneezing” until his people his talk to him. The first few times I didn’t believe it was him- it sounded just like a human sneeze!

The bird in the story I found learned something much more useful than how to sneeze like a human.

TOKYO (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.

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.

While the police were searching for clues, Yosuke spent some time with a friendly local veterinarian, ultimately telling them everything they needed to know to help him get home.

“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.

I didn’t think there was a huge problem with lack of trust in the police in Japan, apparently I was wrong. Based on this story I’d have to say the birds don’t trust the cops!

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.



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  1. I saw the story earlier and had to send it to my mom. She has my African Grey (babies and beaks don’t mix). As for sneezig birds. In High School I had a cockatiel and that bird would do a “sneeze” followed by a “blow”. My mother has allergies!

  2. Obviously, i have been dealing with the wrong kind of bird. I have had parakeets, but the best they could do was “pretty bird” and “dirty bird.”

  3. That’s too funny Krista- My brother and SIL’s doesn’t blow (at least not that I’ve heard about). Do you think you’ll be able to reclaim your African Grey from your Mom or is she too attached?

  4. Gypsy at Heart- You’re doing great with the parakeets. We never had one that would speak!

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