Polly Wanna Go Home?
May 21 | 2 Comments
TOKYO – 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.
I imagine, while being kept at the police station, the parrot was banging his cage with a tin cup yelling, “Let me out you dirty screws!”
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.
Particularly entertaining was Yosuke’s rendition of Jailhouse Rock.
“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.
It seems this may be more effective than putting a collar around a pet with a bunch of numbers on it. It would also stall Big Brother’s efforts to stitch microchips into our bodies to track our every movement.
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.
May I recommend to Officer Uemura to start a Parrot outreach program in the neighborhood. If parrots see the police as part of the community rather than an oppressive, authority figure the flow of information would certainly be enhanced.
In the meantime, the parrot sings Free Bird to his owners.