I thought about you when I saw the description as I had remembered your post in the Pets thread.Suzanne said:As an owner of an African Grey for 19 years, I have read about Irene Pepperberg's experience with Alex for many, many years. He was truly an extraordinary bird. My husband heard an interview with Pepperberg the other day on NPR. He said it went for about 30 minutes and was very interesting. She told how they taught Alex, about experiences Alex had and many other things. I don't want to go into much detail and give the book away.
One thing she said though and I thought it was a "quirk" my Ruthie just had was about how Alex would teach himself something new. Alex would only work on new phrases after everyone left the lab and the humans were gone. Pepperberg and her coworkers left a tape recorder running and discovered this.
Tim and I found that very fascinating. When I wake in the morning and am just lying there, I hear Ruthie downstairs very quietly working on some new phrase. She only says it out loud to us when she has it perfect.
African Greys are truly exceptional birds!
I have the sample. I also have Dewey - the one about the library that adopted a cat. I am a sucker for animal stories.Snapcat said:Anyone read 'Wesley the Owl' yet? I have samples on my kindle and it seems like a good book. Sounds a lot like 'Alex and Me'