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Lost parrot tells veterinarian his address

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.

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.

"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.

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.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 21st, 2008 11:14 am (UTC)
Awwww! Poor baby, having to stay at a police station, he probably was terrified. But hats off to Japan for having a police service that looks after parrots!
May. 21st, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
that is sweet.
funny how he was silent to the cops..
glad he found his way home.
May. 21st, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
I'm gonna have to call my mom and tell her that story. I wonder if I can get Gabbie to show any interest in learning her address. I'd probably have more luck teaching her phone numbers (she LOVES the phone).
May. 21st, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
That's adorable! What a clever birdy. My Mum's African Grey would be far too petrified of strangers to ever speak in front of them. I love him so much, but he's a hopeless wuss. Glad to hear that Yosuke got home safe and sound.
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