According to Dr. Pepperberg, the final time she saw Alex on Thursday September 6. They went through their goodnight routine in which she told him it was time to go in the cage. She recalls that Alex said “You be good. I love you.” She responded, “I love you, too.” He said “You’ll be in tomorrow,” and she responded, “Yes, I’ll be in tomorrow.”
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2 thoughts on “Alex the African Grey Parrot, Dies at 31”
You know I am a sucker for an animal story – particularly one that shows what amazing minds the feathered, furred and scaley creatures have. It is sad that he died so young, but it is wonderful that he was able to leave such a positive legacy.
Alex was a very bright bird. He knew the concept of zero, and was learning to spell. (Smart as a human 5 year old, really.) He had a vocabulary of over 1000 words, as well, and could make short sentences.
I’d love to have a grey parrot in my life, but cannot give them the appropriate quality of care for a creature that bright. (I work all day. No contact all day for a five year old? Not good.)
I am very sad to read of Alex’s passing. I believe his real age was not known, but he has a known history of 40 years.
“Want a nut. N. U. T.”