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« Topic Start: September 11, 2007, 11:53:26 am »


Host's NoteI've merged two topics on the same subject into this one.

MSNBC, Scientific Parrot Dies

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20723212/


I had a Cockatiel once and that bird did much of what they say this Parrot did. He was usually by the window and knew when family members would pull up in their cars, he knew how to request an apple slice, knew some family members names, and also had a bed-time routine. One smart member of the family.

Anybody else have any encounters of the avian kind to tell? Pet or wild?
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« Reply #1: September 11, 2007, 12:40:39 pm »

MSNBC, Scientific Parrot Dies

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20723212/


I had a Cockatiel once and that bird did much of what they say this Parrot did. He was usually by the window and knew when family members would pull up in their cars, he knew how to request an apple slice, knew some family members names, and also had a bed-time routine. One smart member of the family.

Anybody else have any encounters of the avian kind to tell? Pet or wild?

I have a six year old African Grey.  I've had him since he was four months old.  He is amazing.  He joins in on our conversations and adds to them.  He even laughs.  It's really odd sometimes.  He knows when the kids come home from school.  He knows which child it is and greets them before he can see them or before they speak.  When it's time to go to bed, he informs me and gets upset if I go to bed later than usual.  He likes to play ball.  If you throw the ball he will get it and bring it back.  He likes to talk on the phone as well.  We really have to be careful of what we say because he will pick it up immediately.  When he was younger it would take a few times for him to get it.
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« Reply #2: September 11, 2007, 05:12:52 pm »

http://cbs11tv.com/pets/local_story_254132046.html

I'm so sad to hear this.

I also got chills reading his last words, reported by the researcher who worked with him last Thursday evening and was the last person to see him alive. They went through their goodnight routine, and she said "You be good. I love you. I'll see you tomorrow."

He replied, "You'll be in tomorrow."

What a loss to science, and to those who worked with him as a colleague--and to those of us who followed his progress all these years.
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« Reply #3: September 11, 2007, 05:42:54 pm »

I'm so sad to hear this.

So was I. It seems like Alex was a member of the family just from what I've read about him over the years.
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« Reply #4: September 11, 2007, 05:44:59 pm »

So was I. It seems like Alex was a member of the family just from what I've read about him over the years.

The article implies (it might state, I don't have it pulled up handy) that the researchers considered Alex to be a colleague. The report of his death was delayed to give them time to cope with the loss. That's going some, for a bird.

Now I see Nile Lily's post re: this same thing in the Science and Technology forum. I guess this one should be closed to avoid lots of confusion? Maybe?

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« Reply #5: September 11, 2007, 05:49:16 pm »

The article implies (it might state, I don't have it pulled up handy) that the researchers considered Alex to be a colleague. The report of his death was delayed to give them time to cope with the loss. That's going some, for a bird.

I don't know about that. We had a Parakeet when I was in school. After he had been a part of the family for about 10 years, it really was a shock to lose him.

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Now I see Nile Lily's post re: this same thing in the Science and Technology forum. I guess this one should be closed to avoid lots of confusion? Maybe?

Let me see if I can combine them.
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« Reply #6: September 11, 2007, 05:52:55 pm »

I've merged two topics on this into one.
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« Reply #7: September 11, 2007, 06:18:57 pm »

 
I don't know about that. We had a Parakeet when I was in school. After he had been a part of the family for about 10 years, it really was a shock to lose him.

Let me see if I can combine them.

Oh, I'm not belittling the loss, far from it. I lost my Brazil (conure) about a month ago, and it was awful. I got him as a baby (5 months), the year before I had my daughter. He was young, for a conure. It's still difficult to hear silence, instead of his laughing and muttering and "HI CUTIE!"

Thanks for combining the posts. :-)
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« Reply #8: September 11, 2007, 06:20:07 pm »

Thanks for combining the posts. :-)

No problem -- I got to try another seldom-used feature of the software.  Wink
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