Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Lost and found: Errant parrot tells stranger his name and address

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Two weeks ago, an African grey parrot flew his Tokyo-area coop and was rescued by police, The Associated Press reports. But he was no stool pigeon.

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

After a silent night in the pokey, he was taken to a local veterinary hospital. A few days later, he struck up a conversation.

"I'm Mr. Yosuke Nakamura," the bird said, including his complete home address. He also sang for the staff.

Police investigated his alias.

"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 Yosuke his name and address for about two years.

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