What do a veterinary hospital, a policeman trying to be friendly, and the rooftops near Tokyo all have in common? All of them were involved in returning one lost parrot, Yosuke, to his home. Similar to Dory Finding Nemo, this particular parrot had learned its name and address through excessive repeating. His family had actually be training him to talk to strangers and repeat the necessary information for the past two years, in the event he escaped his cage and was lost. The plan worked successfully, and the smallest Mr. Nakamura is safely back at home in Nagareyama, near Tokyo, after an overnight stay at the veterinary hospital where he announced his name and address.
What was most curious about the situation was the parrot’s refusal to talk to the police, despite his training to speak to ‘anyone willing to help’. The policeman who first found the bird on the roof of one of the Nakamura’s neighbors, says he tried to be friendly, but that the parrot was unresponsive. Did the family have some sort of fear of the police? Had the parrot been watching too many cop shows? Was he waiting in vain for his lawyer to appear before questioning? Or is it something more simple? Did the family train the bird only to respond to people touching it, or only to those who might have had more familiarity with birds? Could they have trained something into the parrot without realizing it? An interesting question into the mind and education of birds.