When Annette Young of Woodbridge, VA, hears the phone ringing, she’s never sure if she should answer it. It’s not that she’s expecting a call from someone she doesn’t want to talk to — she’s just wondering if it’s the real thing. You see, the family’s 15-year-old African Grey parrot, Elvis, does a first-rate imitation.
The Youngs first fostered Elvis for The Central Virginia Parrot Sanctuary, but he quickly won them over and they adopted him.
Elvis’s quirks provide the family with lots of laughs, such as his preferred way to play: hanging upside down in his cage. He’s also got an impressive range of vocalizations in addition to his phone impression.
“Not only does he proudly say, ‘Hey Elvis,’ ” Annette says, “he calls the dog, imitates the microwave, sounds like water dripping and makes countless other words and sounds. He whistles the Andy Griffith theme better than any bird on YouTube! And as for the dog, Elvis wanders to the floor and walks around with her. They’ve become good friends.”
Elvis was originally rescued from a bad home by another couple, who then realized they couldn’t keep him permanently. Fortunately, they did the right thing: They relinquished him to a reputable rescue group. The Central Virginia Parrot Sanctuary, just one of the many great bird rescues who post their adoptable pets on Petfinder, has been helping birds since 2004.
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