A video showing a cockatoo talking to a puppy has gone viral online and left commenters in awe.
The video was posted on TikTok over the weekend by Wendy Albright (@theparrotlady), who wrote: “I’m grateful for the love you’ve given us! We love you back!” It has amassed over 28 million views and over 15,000 comments. You can watch the full video here.
Why do parrots talk?
According to the National Audubon Society, parrots imitate human speech out of peer pressure; they want to fit in.
“A bird in the wild is a dead bird; it cannot find food and find prey at the same time,” Irene Pepperberg, a researcher and part-time professor at Harvard, told National Audubon Society.
As part of a flock, however, parrots can share responsibilities. So, when placed in a human family, a parrot will “try to fit itself into the situation as if the people were its flock,” Pepperberg said.
New Mexico State University’s Tim Wright believes that pet parrots do not understand what they are saying. But Pepperberg disagreed.
“Parrots that talk know what they’re talking about if they’re taught appropriately,” Pepperberg told the National Audubon Society. He added that a parrot he’s studied for 30 years, an African Gray Parrot named Alex, learned 50 items, seven colors, six pictures and more than eight in his life.
‘I Love You’
Some also believe that Albright’s pet cockatoo will understand what he is saying. In her video, Albright holds the puppy while her cockatoo uses its “paw” to the dog’s ear.
“Tell the puppy you love him,” Albright said to the cockatoo. In response, the parrot looked at the dog and said, “I love you” before making eye contact with its owner.
Redditors loved the video and couldn’t believe the parrot said “I love you” instead of repeating its owner word-for-word.
“This is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen,” said Hayley Rochelle.
“It’s crazy how you tell a puppy, ‘You love him,’ and he says, ‘I love you,’ and that’s amazing,” AnnaStajsza Chenoweth wrote.
“You say ‘you’ but the parrot says ‘I,'” Dr GANK noted. “I think they just repeat things, he knows how to change the word.”
“Birds are so smart, and this is so cute,” Brittany Bish commented.
Chachacha added: “This is precious.”
Newsweek Albright has been contacted for comment.
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