Hey, doc, you look trustworthy ...

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May 21, 2008
By dvm360.com staff

Forget dog tags and microchips, doctors. This parrot's got it covered.

Police in Japan found an African grey parrot fluttering around on a roof in the city of Nagareyama near Tokyo and took it back to the station with them. After a night of the bird's silence, they took it to a veterinary clinic for care while they looked for clues to the owner's identity. The bird warmed up to the veterinarian and started talking: "Nakamura Yosuke-kun," or "I'm Mr. Yosuke Nakamura." It then rattled off its full home address to the surprised doctor and even sang songs to amuse the veterinarian's staff.

Police found the owner, Yoshio Nakamura, who says he left the window open in his apartment and didn't think Yosuke, who barely flew, would leave. He'd been teaching Yosuke his address for awhile. Officer Shinjiro Uemura sounded a little miffed that the parrot wouldn't fess up to his address at the station in the Associated Press story. "I tried to be friendly and talked to him, but he completely ignored me," Uemura said.

For a picture of Yosuke, check out the CNN story.

OK, readers: Did a dog draw a map to her house on your white-board? Did a horse stomp out an address in Morse code on the ground? Probably not, but we know you've got great lost-and-found pet stories, too. Share them below.