By Robin Shaw
Posted Mar 31, 2013
Bubba was actually an ordinary green and yellow parakeet but there wasn't a catagory for that here. We did not name him--his previous owner did--but he knew his name so we kept it! We adopted him from another animal lover who was moving and couldn't keep him. The fascinating thing about Bubba was that his cage was always kept by his previous owner's answering machine, and he learned to mimic answering machine-speak!!! He would rattle off her greeting and then various messages!!! It was mesmerizing! His vocalizations were quite clear, and we'd turn to each other and say, "Did the bird just say that?" and be amazed! He also had a few phrases that he must have heard a lot in his first home, like, "Let the cat out." We were never able to teach him anything new. And he lived to an extraordinary age for a parakeet! A great family pet!