May 21, 2008 9:55am CST
hen 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.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. I know dogs have been able to travel long distances home when lost. Has your pet ever done anything like this? I know he was trained, but it is still neat! http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080521/ap_on_fe_st/odd_japan_parrot_returns
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22 May 08
I read about this earlier and it is titally amazing. I wonder how long it took to actually get the bird to rememberize all those things? It took a lot of time and patience I bet. To bad they aren't talking collars for other animals that tell the name,address and phone number so if a animals gets lost or stolen and abandoned that they can get the animal back home safe and sound. It would save some space in the dog pounds and keep them from being put to sleep when their owners don't show up to claim them. I think they should do that or the tracking chip to be able to help in identifying the animal. Just wish it wasn't so costly to do so.
21 May 08
Lucky it was a vet he told and not some criminal who'd try and rob the place, It's good the story has a happy ending anyway it's good idea to teach a parrot to say where it comes from, I'd only teach it the phone number though to be safe. I've heard of cats getting confused and going hundreds of miles back to where they used to live, but never going back to their new home.