Friday, May 23, 2008

Your name please

A few years ago, I wrote about our blue and gold macaw here. It's funny, I wrote it at a time when I was getting 20 to 30 comments on a post, and yet this particular story only pulled 3 comments.

I couldn't understand why at the time...and I didn't dare tell my bird for fear she would either fall into a deep depression, or take it out on me and attack.

So when I came across this story the other day, I couldn't help but think, WOW, now that's an impressive bird.

(AP) 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.
Now, my bird?...she can say her first name.

But when I read that the bird said: ""I'm Mr. Yosuke Nakamura," well, that just did me in...

I have been laughing for 2 days straight.

(okay, so I don't have much of a life...American Idol and Dancing with the Stars have both ended this week...I'm in a deep funk, so give a girl a break).

And then, I couldn't help but imagine if this bird had been Jewish...

"I'm Hymie Goldberg, I come from the Bronx and I love to eat bagels with a little shmear. Now...get me home".


PsychoToddler said...

No, it should be:

"Why do you ask?"

A Jewish parrot would answer a question with another question.

Val said...

I agree with psychotoddler.
Also I was tempted to put im about 30 comments so you AND the bird would remain funk-challenged! :)
Anyway... i'm in the same funk now that idol and dancing is over.. ;(

Cute bird... but did I miss your bird's name?

torontopearl said...

To keep up with your anonymity in the blog world, I would think you wouldn't want to teach Matzoh Bird his/her real name.

I've been waiting for a blog post from you about American Idol. Your thoughts on the winning David vs. the losing David, etc. I think I watched every week of the show for the first time. Now we've got Canadian Idol that is just starting up for the season. Guess for my family that's the replacement for American Idol.

cruisin-mom said...

P.T.: LOLOLOL!!! You're right!

Val:'s a huge funk. I cannot tell my bird's name...I promised her anonymity.

Pearl: yep, you're right about the anonymity. I loved the ending of Idol. David Cook is great, humble and deserving. Little David needs to get a little older, but he'll have a career. oooo, you're so lucky you get Canadian Idol, but who is the "Simon"?

torontopearl said...

BTW, read Bernard Malamud's "The Jewbird." It's a great short story that has a lot going on; I've written essays about it!