Parrots are fascinating creatures and the African grey parrot is no exception.
The African grey parrot is rather common in captivity, known to live anywhere between 40 and 60 years, and is prized for its ability to mimic human speech. They are highly intelligent and have been known to imitate noises in their surrounding environment, relishing in each of their discoveries.
Take the story of Rocco, for instance.
Rocco, an African grey, made headlines after he was re-homed from the National Animal Welfare Trust sanctuary in Berkshire, U.K. because of his penchant for swearing. His new owner, sanctuary worker Marion Wischnewski, took him to her home in Oxfordshire, where she says the naughty bird got himself into mischief once more after she realized he was using Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa to order snacks.
According to the BBC:
“The parrot swooped in for some early Christmas shopping – buying watermelons, raisins, broccoli, ice cream, a light bulb and even a kite.
“Unfortunately, those items weren’t on his owner’s Christmas wish list, but are all the things Rocco likes to eat.”
Only the device’s parental lock prevented Rocco from purchasing any of these items!
Wischnewski told reporters:
“Rocco and Alexa chat away to each other all day. Then I have to check the shopping list and cancel all the items he’s ordered.”
Rocco, Wischnewski says, loves Alexa and interacts with the virtual assistant as much as 40 times per day. He’s also mastered a number of household sounds.
“He knows the telephone and can make different mobile ringtones. He can do the microwave or the squeaking door on my fridge. He can do the ice cream van in the summer, and a truck reversing so loud you think it’s in your living room.”
People are certainly impressed.
Perhaps Rocco the African Grey Parrot could be parachuted in to smooth things over with Brussels. He seems clear on his objectives and has an unerring knack of achieving them. #r4today
— Mum of Fat Cassie (@MumofFatCassie) December 14, 2018
Brilliant story on just now about a parrot called Rocco who's learned to get Alexa to do things for him, in particular play music. Apparently he's very fond of the Foo Fighters!
— Aunty Janet #FBPE (@scarlettpeach) December 14, 2018
This made me smile. But glad I don't have Alexa. Or a parrot.
— HeatherHollandWheaton (@HollandWheaton) December 15, 2018
— Malik (@MalikSed60) December 15, 2018
They are INCREDIBLY smart birds….but didn't he order new toys, too?? Guess there are STILL some kinks for Alexa to work out, HUH?? And before ANYONE comments….I KNOW someone else programs her!!!
— Debbie Beard (@DebbieB48fan) December 16, 2018
Live your best life, Rocco.