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A Parrot Attempted to Order Strawberries, Lightbulbs Through Alexa While Owner is Out

Animals can do some pretty amazing things. Given the time and effort, they can be trained to respond to various cues that refer to specific tasks which they would associate with a reward. Some can even be taught how to do math and play musical instruments.

For this particular parrot, it doesn't need to be prompted. It seems that it has learned how to order things online through its owner's electronic personal assistant:

Rocco, an African Grey, requested the items through an Alexa device while his minder was out of the home. Luckily, due to a parental lock, none of his attempted purchases went through.
Rocco, who lives with Marion Wischnewski in Berkshire, U.K., has attempted to order everything from kites and lightbulbs through Alexa since moving to her home. He also gets the device to tell him jokes and play his favorite tunes.

What a smart bird! Read more about Rocco on Newsweek.

(Image credit: Alex Foundation via Wikimedia blog)


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African grey parrots are very intelligent, in addition to being outstanding mimics. Maybe if humans vanished, they would be the next species to take over.
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