This parrot has ‘befriended’ an Alexa device and keeps using it to buy things off the internet

You may think your online shopping addiction is atrocious, but you ain’t seen nothing until you’ve met Rocco the parrot.

Rocco is an African Grey parrot, who has befriended a voice-activated Alexa device and is always ready to swoop in for a bargain – much to his owner’s horror.

The mischievous bird used to live in the National Animal Welfare Trust sanctuary in Berkshire, England, but had to be rehomed because staff feared his bad language would upset visitors.

Fortunately, he was taken in by sanctuary worker, Marion Wischnewski in her home in Blewbury, Oxfordshire.

National Animal Welfare Trust website page

However, when Marion took him in, she likely could have never predicted that he would befriend her Amazon Echo and begin ordering online shopping when she was out of the house.

According to a report from the Mail Online, Rocco has used Alexa to order a variety of things including fruit, veg, ice cream, light bulbs and a kite.

In fact, his online shopping addiction has apparently become such a problem that his owner has to constantly check to see if he’s bought anything he shouldn’t have.

“I have to check the shopping list when I come in from work and cancel all the items he’s ordered,” she told the Mail.

Close-up of the top of an Amazon Echo smart speaker, using the Alexa service, on a light wooden surface in a suburban home setting, San Ramon, California, May 31, 2018. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

But Rocco’s relationship with Alexa doesn’t end there; the pair allegedly love to listen to romantic music together, and Marion has seemingly interrupted more than one private moment.

She told The Times: “I’ve come home before and he has romantic music playing. He loves to dance and has the sweetest personality.”

According to reports, Alexa talks back to the naughty African Grey parrot and plays him music, with American rock band Kings of Leon being the bird’s favourite.

Rocco certainly isn’t the only badly behaved parrot to hit the headlines; in 2012, a parrot named Beaky was said to be having etiquette lessons because his language had become so bad.

Green parrot in an aviary

The bird had reportedly picked up expletive words from his previous owner and regularly blasted passersby as “a*******”, also calling them “stupid”.

In 2012, an RSPCA spokeswoman said: “We are doing reward training with Beaky so he learns what to say and what not to. Every time he says a pleasant word like ‘hello’ we will give him a reward and when he says a naughty word we do not.”

She continued: “We are looking for a new owner who can continue his etiquette training. Beaky is an intelligent and playful bird who is a good mimic. Unfortunately, this talent means that he picked up some rather colourful language from his previous home. He has quite a vocabulary and will certainly be a challenging house guest.”

If you are looking to welcome an animal into a loving household, please visit the National Animal Welfare Trust website.


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