A lost parakeet in Japan was returned safely to its owner last week after it told police its home address. Why do captive birds mimic human speech, and how do they decide what to say?
They’re trying to fit in with the flock, and they’ll say whatever it takes.
— “Why Parrots Parrot: When birds mimic human speech, do they know what they’resaying?”, Will Oremus, Slate, today
Romney want a crackerrr???
(Sorry, sorry, sorry. But I couldn’t resist.)