An African Gray Parrot has recently made headings to unintentionally make orders through his owner’s Amazon Echo. Originally reported via The Times of London the parrot – whose name is Rocco – should consciously activate Alexa and get the virtual assistant to tell jokes and play music. Rocco also tried to order some items from Amazon, but the owner had wisely set up checks to prevent unauthorized purchases.
What makes the little sweet story even more entertaining is that Rocco previously had a stint living in Britain’s National Wildlife Confidence Trust (NAWT) but kicked out – yes, kicked out – because he swore too much. As the old saying goes, truth is stranger than fiction. Rocco was then placed under the care of a NAWT employee named Marion Wischnewski, and he quickly began to activate Alexa.
In an interview about the story, Wishnewski said she was surprised to look at her Amazon shopping list and trip over a number of items she really did not order. Funny enough, Rocco had tried to buy quite a few snacks, including strawberries and ice cream.
While many people simply assume parrots are ready to mimic human languages, the reality is that most parrots are far from intelligent creatures. The African Gray Parrot, however, is one of the exceptions to the rule. Interestingly, a study from 201
2 in The Royal Society shows that the gray parrot has cognitive thinking skills in some areas that are on the same level as a three-year human child.