A parrot owner received a surprise on her doorstep after her 5-year-old bird used a smart speaker to order a package on Amazon.
Parrots have been known to use their ability to speak to accomplish a number of tasks, from helping veterans overcome PTSD to helping solve murders, and now, thanks to an East London African Gray named Buddy, online shopping can be added to the list.
According to The Sun, Buddy's owner Corienne Pretorius received a set of gift boxes in the mail that she couldn't remember ordering. After confirming that neither her husband or son ordered the package, Pretorius realized that it must have been her beloved bird Buddy who used his extensive vocabulary and a voice-activated Amazon Echo speaker to order the goods.
"I couldn't believe it when I realized that Buddy had made an Amazon order," she told The Sun. "We've had the device for four months and I use it to play music or make 'to do' lists but I've never ordered anything online."
Thinking back, Pretorius recalled the exact moment the parrot took it upon himself to place the order, which she didn't think much of at the time.
"When I came home on Sunday, I could hear Buddy talking but couldn't quite make out what he was saying. Then I heard Alexa say, 'Sorry I didn't quite get that.' Buddy said 'Alexa' and some gibberish, and the machine replied, 'What is it you want to order?' I didn't hear what happened after that and didn't think anything of it until I got a notification that my Amazon order had been placed."
In addition to ordering unnecessary items online, Buddy is also known to use his talents to mimic the family cat, turkeys, seals, and of course, people!
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