#1 By: Xeni Jardin, August 27th, 2013 18:17
#2 By: Maria Pranzo, August 27th, 2013 18:24
My parents have a 31 year old African Grey. S/he (we always called him Chuck, but then he laid an egg 2 years ago) speaks in my late grandmother's voice, my father's voice, and my mother's voice. He'll live to about 60. Whoever inherits him will live with the voices of the long departed for another 20 years or more.
#3 By: Jardine, August 27th, 2013 18:29
That's nowhere near vague enough for my newspaper. They'd go with "Widow Wants To Hear Dead Husband's Voice Again"
#4 By: Boundegar, August 27th, 2013 18:59
Reminds me of a story I heard recently about the widow of the man whose voice said "Mind the gap!" on the London underground. They had replaced the recording in almost all of the stations, and she would go down to one of the last ones, just to hear his voice.
#5 By: Deb, August 27th, 2013 21:04
#6 By: Suzanne, August 28th, 2013 11:25
African Greys are freaky smart. I have a friend who is quite the bird lady; her African Grey carries on entire conversations with her and it is not some parlor trick; it's a real conversation. I have no idea why people question animals abilities to converse in the way humans do, because you only have to spend a little time around one of this critter to know it understands what he is saying. Wow; that would be super strange if it actually spoke in your dead husband's voice. It creeps me out to think about it, though I imagine it is comforting to the widow.
#7 By: Xeni Jardin, September 1st, 2013 18:17
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