A parrot named Rocco in Berkshire, England, has been busted by his owner for taking liberties with her Amazon Echo. The bird would talk to Alexa and ask her to play music, tell jokes, and ask her to order a wide range of things, especially food. Rocco had already had a bad reputation. He had been kicked out of the local National Animal Welfare Trust shelter for swearing like a sailor.
Rocco was taken home by sanctuary worker Marion Wischnewski. While the bird learned his swear words from his previous owner, what came next was Rocco's own idea. When Wschnewski would leave the house Rocco would start chatting with her Amazon Echo device for company.
African Gray parrots are known for their extreme intelligence and their ability to take on human speech, even to the point of being able to answer questions and engage in rudimentary conversation. Rocco most likely observed his new owner communicating with Alexa and learned how to engage the device and begin to order items from Amazon.
While ordering music from Alexa wasn't that big a deal (his favorite is Kings of Leon), the bird was also given to ordering food items. While most of his purchases have been for tasty tidbits such as watermelon, ice cream, raisins, and broccoli. Other purchases have included a light bulb and a kite.
When Wischnewski comes home from a long day at work she always has to check the shopping list and delete everything that Rocco has ordered throughout the day. Mostly he tends to order his favorite foods. At least Wischnewski has figured out her wayward bird's bad behavior and can prevent him from getting what he ordered.
Rocco and Alexa chat all day long and when Wischnewski comes home she often finds music playing. She could change the word that wakes Alexa up, but then Rocco would have nothing to do all day.
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