Yosuke, an African grey parrot
was lost in the streets of Tokyo two weeks ago from its original home in the city of Nagareyama, which is near Tokyo. The local police rescued it and took the parrot to a nearby veterinary hospital until they could find the rightful owner.
The police tried their best to communicate with the parrot to know more about it, but it kept quiet and ignored them.
But after a few days at the hospital, it became chatty again and it told the vet, according to Associated Press
: "I'm Mr. Yosuke Nakamura".
Then the parrot gave detailed information about the owner, Nakamura, his address including the street number.
The police verified the address and were stunned to find the exact address of the owner. Policeman Shinjiro Uemura told AP:
We checked the address, and what do you know, a Nakamura family really lived there. So we told them we've found Yosuke.
The Nakamura family told the police that they have trained the bird to repeat their name and address for the last two years.
All that training paid off. Otherwise Mr. Yosuke would have remained in the shelter area for a long time. If only we could teach other pets to do the same when they run away.