Slovak Speaking Parrot Proves Ownership in Language Test!
A good education is hugely important. In these days of being able to work wherever you want in Europe (until the end of March anyway) there isn’t much that’s more important than learning another language. Especially if you can use it to prove who your owner is and where you come from. Which is exactly what this clever bilingual parrot managed.
Hugo, a girl, is an African Grey Parrot who was recently found by engineers during a runway inspection. Nothing unusual in that if you’re inspecting a runway in Ghana, or Kenya maybe. But this was at Dublin Airport in the Republic of Ireland, a location noted in many travel guides for its general lack of rainforest and parrotness as this entry from Lonely Plant indicates:
Dublin: A great weekend holiday destination with friendly people and excellent beer. No parrots.Lonely Plant Travel Guide to Ireland
The airport staff leapt into action and started a campaign to reunite the lost and bewildered parrot with its rightful owner. People noticed that the picture on a missing parrot poster, put up in an Irish branch of the German supermarket company Lidl, had a remarkable resemblance to the parrot that staff had found at Dublin Airport.
The gentleman who put up the poster, Lubomir Michna, got in touch with the airport and confirmed that, yes, it looked very much like his missing parrot, Hugo. Things were looking promising and a happy ending should have been only a few hours away. Unfortunately there was a slight problem. Lubomir was the fourth person to get in touch and claim the parrot as his. That’s ok, that parrot was ringed and this has a unique identification number. But guess what, none of the parrot claimants could give the number.
So we are now in a situation where we potentially have one rightful owner and three people trying to scam a cheap Sunday dinner.
But there was one thing about Hugo that only her rightful owner would know. Hugo speaks Slovak. She speaks Slovak because her rightful owner, Lubomir Michna, who was originally from Slovakia, taught her to speak Slovak!
So now all that was needed was for Hugo to prove her understanding of Slovak! Voice recordings were played for Hugo and she got incredibly excited, joining in with a wide range of phrases. When she started singing the Slovak National Anthem it was obvious that she was a Slovak speaking parrot. Dan Donoher of the Kildare Animal Foundation who played Hugo the recording said:
When the voice recording was sent to me and I played it for Hugo she reacted instantly and became animated and excited. There was no doubt in my mind that Lubomir was her rightful owner,”Dan Donoher, Kildare Animal Foundation
You can see a video of their emotional reunion below:
So we have an Irish airport and animal sanctuary, along with a German supermarket chain, helping reunite an bilingual African parrot with its Slovakian owner. A truly heart-warming international operation! You can help support the work of the Kildare Animal Foundation via their website: https://animalfoundation.ie