Here’s a story about a parrot who seems to have taken the general advice of criminal defense lawyer’s a little too far:

When Yosuke the parrot flew out of his cage and got lost, he did exactly what he had been taught — recite his name and address to a stranger willing to help.

Police rescued the African grey parrot two weeks ago from a neighbor’s roof in the city of Nagareyama, near Tokyo. After spending a night at the station, he was transferred to a nearby veterinary hospital while police searched for clues, local policeman Shinjiro Uemura said.

He kept mum with the cops, but began chatting after a few days with the vet.

"I’m Mr. Yosuke Nakamura," the bird told the veterinarian, according to Uemura. The parrot also provided his full home address, down to the street number, and even entertained the hospital staff by singing songs.

"We checked the address, and what do you know, a Nakamura family really lived there. So we told them we’ve found Yosuke," Uemura said.

The Nakamura family told police they had been teaching the bird its name and address for about two years.

But Yosuke apparently wasn’t keen on opening up to police officials.

"I tried to be friendly and talked to him, but he completely ignored me," Uemura said.

Talking to the police isn’t always a bad idea. (But see the corollary to this rule: Don’t let them search your car if you have a kilo of cocaine in the trunk.)

  • Talking to the police isn’t always a bad idea, but don’t let them search your car if you have a kilo of cocaine in the trunk?

    That’s the kind of mixed message that’s just going to confuse people.

  • Good one Windy. I actually often feel like giving the short answer, but unfortunately in my brain, the long winded one is more often ‘correct’.

  • Dee

    Ha, ha funny story. Maybe the police didn’t ask him the right questions like.

    “What’s your name?”

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  • This is an awesome story! It’s a good thing that his family taught him his address. It should be the next homeward bound 4!!!