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27th December 2006

I couldn’t find a carrot, and this sounded most like it
Posted by at 6.31pm | No responses | In the News

A story from the amazing world of animals:

The finding of a parrot with an almost unparalleled power to communicate with people has brought scientists up short.

The bird, a captive African grey called N’kisi, has a vocabulary of 950 words, and shows signs of a sense of humour.

950 words? He could write for the Sun (provided three of those words were “Asylum”, “Seekers” and “Out”). The sense of humour part might be a problem.

N’kisi’s remarkable abilities, which are said to include telepathy…

OK, stop. Telepathy? I’m willing to believe a lot of things, but this last claim seems slightly dubious. Unless we are supposed to believe that this parrot has evolved extra abilities beyond those of normal birds — some sort of X-Parrot.

Actually, there’s already been an X-Parrot — he was in that Monty Python sketch.

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