Polly Wanna Go Home: Lost Parakeet Tells Police His Address

Colorful pet bird astonished Japanese authorities with a detailed description of his owner's city, street and block.

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Polly Wanna Go Home: Lost Parakeet Tells Police His Address
"There's no place like home, there's no place like home." (Photo: Flickr via Getty)

Here’s one you don’t see every day—a pet parakeet has been reunited with his owner after telling his address to local police, reports AFP.

Last Sunday, a male parakeet escaped from his owner’s home in the city of Sagamihara, west of Tokyo. A day or so later, the bird alighted on the shoulder of a guest staying at a nearby hotel. The guest handed the wayward bird over to the police station at the Northern Sagamihara police station.

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The bird didn’t speak until Tuesday evening, when he announced the names of the city and district where his owner lived. Then the chatty parakeet told the stunned cops his block and street.

The bird’s owner, a 64-year-old woman, had owned another parakeet that had flown away.

“So the owner decided to teach the address to this parakeet after she bought it at a pet shop two years ago,” said a police spokesman.

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Jocelyn Heaney is an English instructor, animal activist and freelance writer for L.A. Review of Books and Warner Bros. Pictures, among others. Her favorite animals are great white sharks, horses and all cats. She is currently at work on a memoir. Email Jocelyn | @JocelynHeaney