An African Gray Parrot has recently created headlines for unintentionally making orders through the owner's Amazon Echo. Originally reported via The Times of London the parrot – whose name is Rocco – would nevertheless activate Alexa and get the virtual assistant to say jokes and play music. Rocco even tried to order a few items from Amazon, but the owner had wisely set up checks to prevent unauthorized purchases.
What makes the slightly easier story even more enjoyable is that Rocco had previously felt a sense of living in Britain's National Wildlife Trust (NAWT) but was kicked out – yes, kicked out – because he responded too much. As the old saying says, the truth is strange than fiction. Rocco was later under the care of a NAWT employee named Marion Wischnewski, on which he quickly started activating Alexa.
In an interview about history, Wishnewski said she was surprised to look at the Amazon shopping list and stumble across a number of items she absolutely did not order. Rocco had tried to buy quite a few snacks, including strawberries and ice cream.
While many just assume parrots are ready because they can imitate people's languages, the reality is that most parrots are far from intelligent creatures. The African Gray Parrot, however, is an exception to the rule. Interestingly, a study from 201