posted on Nov, 10 2012 @ 02:26 PM
No prizes for guessing what members of the animal kingdom I share my life with!
Five years ago last summer I'm minding my own business, hanging out washing in the garden. Been hearing odd noises and thought it was kids outside
the garden fence, messing about. Out of the corner of my eye I saw what I thought was a pigeon that had sat in red paint. It was an African grey
parrot - and I swear he was smiling at me! I instinctively held out my hand and he flew down onto my shoulder. Had him for four days before I traced
his owners - by then I was smitten!
Having dashed down to the local pet store and got a cage (which turned out to be the same as the one he had at home) but failing to get him into it
the first night, he went in the next day after some food, and I quickly shut the cage door so we could safety leave him to go and do some shopping.
On our return he was in the same spot I had left him in, still with the cage door closed. My partner and I sat chatting and he made a noise to get out
attention. We looked at him as he reached forward........pushed the door open.......and sat back as it to say 'see could have got out any time I
wanted'. The bird did it with such effect that I am sure beyond doubt he was letting us know just who was the boss.
I now have two African grey parrots of my own, who are equally as smart, use language appropriately, and have us wrapped around their little claws.
WARNING - they are not for the feint hearted, it's like having two toddlers around the place, not in cages accept at night, toddlers with powerfully
wire cutters who know how to use them.
When I say 'use language appropriately' I'm not kidding! Especially with less appropriate language!