Our Friend the Cockatoo

Like its cousin the parrot, the cockatoo is a gifted mimic of other animals, able to reproduce not only sounds but also demonstrating a keen grasp of syntax.  In this video, for example, a cockatoo is able, after only a brief exposure, to correctly respond with the phrase “Yeah, that’s what your mom said last night” in Pug.

They’ll Hire any Birdbrain These Days

“… well, here’s one, then: Help desk support for busy customer-service center, no selling, part-time evenings plus Saturdays.  No experience or critical reasoning skills required, will train.  Applicants of avian descent strongly encouraged.

...and you even have your MCSE certification, so you're a lock! More retro-donkulousness from Flickr Commons.

Let’s incubate

“Hey Bebeh…”

Señor Suave

“Yes?” [shifty eyes]

[Plink plink!]

“Let’s you and me snuggle under the heat lamp.”

I worked hours on my hair. Got a tip from a guy in Jersey.

[Giggle] “OK!”

Plinker

Ducks in lof brought to you by Alder D.

We’re Out of Domain Names, Sorry

It’s official: With the registration of japanesebirdcookingspaghetti.com, all possible permutations of English-language words have been used to make Internet domain names, and we’ve reached the end of the Internet.  Thanks for playing!

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TRIESTE VISIER is the VISIONARY behind this photo and many others over at SkateboardingBudgies.blogspot.com

Some say the world will end in fire

Some say furry suits…

HAPPY EASTER!

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Daniel P. titled this submission “Easter Excitement!” and he couldn’t be righter.

Pit Bull hatches Easter Chicks

Complete with awesome “chick hatching” sound!

Karen S., there are no bad breeds, just bad owners, right?

A Lean, Mean, Surrogate Mom Machine!

You're such a dear deer, dear.Back again we go to the Daily Mail, this time for a story so incredible that the hoax hunters over at snopes.com stepped up to verify it: The story of Jasmine, a rescued greyhound who has returned the favor by serving as surrogate mom to 50 creatures, ranging from puppies to deer.

“She simply dotes on the animals as if they were her own,” says Geoff Grewcock, operator of Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary. “She takes all the stress out of them and it helps them to not only feel close to her but to settle into their new surroundings.”
This is so absolutely totally NOT Photoshopped, okay maybe a little.

Pictured with Jasmine are, from left: A pup, a deer, another pup, a bunny, and a barn owl.  Not pictured: A unicorn, The Yeti, an alien face-hugger, Wally Gator, Phil Spector’s hair, The Chicago Cubs, and Abe Vigoda.

Laiiiiiiid Back

With my mind on my money and my money on my mind

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Fabu swan shot brought to you by Sender-Inner Matthew K, who took this on holiday in Japan (natch)

THIS JUST IN: Hero Parrot Saves Choking Girl!

Capt037773325de745d0b19e56f7b32ee_2According to Yahoo News, the parrot pictured at the left saved the ‘tocks of a choking girl by squawking: "Mama Baby! Mama Baby!" and flapping his wings until the babysitter returned to the room and gave the girl The Heimlich.

Awesome!

According to the report: "This undated image from video released by CBS4Denver, shows Willie, a Quaker parrot in Denver, Colo., whose cries of alarm alerted his owner when a little girl choked on her breakfast. Willie has been has been given the local Red Cross chapter’s Animal Lifesaver Award."

In his honor are a couple more cute parrot shots. Above, a McBeakersons named Ivan, and below, two puffballs.

Quaker Parrot (Ivan) was photographed by Jim B L. Pair of Quaker Parrots by Dr.DeNo!

Casablanca, Penguin Version

Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Betsy B.

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