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55-year-old parrot offers one last 'cheerio'

Posted on Sunday, 16 September, 2012 | Comment icon 21 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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One of the world's oldest domestic parrots, Tabu, has died after uttering 'cheerio' as his last word.

The African Grey had belonged to 89-year-old Nina Morgan after being originally rescued from a Tanzanian pet trader in 1957. Parrots can live quite a long time and Tabu was considered one of the oldest with Mrs Morgan attributing his longevity to a lifetime of being spoilt. A highly vocal companion, Tabu would always say 'cheerio' to her when she left the house or went to bed and would even call out to her when someone was at the door because of her bad hearing.

"He was a very intelligent bird and very clever," she said. "We never taught him to talk, he picked everything up. The night before he died I went up to bed and he said 'cheerio' to me from his cage. It was the last thing that he said."

"The African Grey parrot Tarbu, believed to be one of the world's oldest domestic parrots, uttered his final farewell to Nina Morgan, 89, as she made her way to bed."

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Comment icon #12 Posted by highdesert50 on 16 September, 2012, 21:38
I am always astonished by our pet's pragmatic intelligence and particularly their ability to comunicate with us. They learn the concept of their names, they read the intonation of our voices, they read our facial expressions, and they may even pick up a few words of our language. And, when was the last time one of us really learned to communicate in parrot, or cat, or ...
Comment icon #13 Posted by Lava_Lady on 16 September, 2012, 23:24
And a fond cheerio to you Tabu...
Comment icon #14 Posted by Junior Chubb on 16 September, 2012, 23:33
Cheerio Tarbu... I remember reading a kids novel about an African Grey that was extremely intelligent but only talked to the boy who owned him (early 80's, boy gets pet he doe not want and they become great friends), its a long shot but does it ring any bells for anyone? I would love to get a copy and read it to my kids... My last words are going to be great. I've been thinking about 'em for awhile. Immortality does give you the time to do such thinking...
Comment icon #15 Posted by Harlequin Dreamer on 16 September, 2012, 23:36
Thats so sad R I P Tarbu now I'm missing my little bird Ziggy she would sit on your shoulder & snuggle into your neck.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Lava_Lady on 16 September, 2012, 23:36
And a fond cheerio to you Tabu... Birds I the parrot family are so smart and once the bond us created they are loyal friends. My buyers says, "Watcha doin? Hello, whay the hell?" Sings
Comment icon #17 Posted by csspwns on 17 September, 2012, 1:58
this is why i dont like having pets. i dont like having em die
Comment icon #18 Posted by coolguy on 17 September, 2012, 4:14
rest in peace tabu.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Uncle Sam on 17 September, 2012, 9:42
Rest in Peace Tabu... you will be remembered! I will name my fourth bird after you... I currently own 3 birds and they are all happy when they see me. Alvin loves to say his name over and over... can't teach him anything else for some reason.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Skeptic Chicken on 17 September, 2012, 14:16
Rest in Peace Tabu... you will be remembered! I will name my fourth bird after you... I currently own 3 birds and they are all happy when they see me. Alvin loves to say his name over and over... can't teach him anything else for some reason. Damn, wish I had a Pokemon
Comment icon #21 Posted by smash87 on 18 September, 2012, 18:00
you think he knew he was gonna die with his last words or he just wanted a snack


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