Parrot Arrested, Not Talking to Cops

Published by PETA.

OK, so maybe he wasn’t really arrested. But either way, Yosuke the parrot ended up in police custody earlier this month after being rescued from a rooftop near Tokyo. Doing his best stool pigeon impersonation, he didn’t talk to the cops. Yosuke was eventually transferred to a nearby veterinary hospital, where he started talking to the vet that cared for him.

Interestingly enough, what he said was his full name—Yosuke Nakamura—and address. The vet checked up on the address and found that it was inhabited by the Nakamura family, which gladly welcomed him back home.

It’s not much of a logical leap to assume that Yosuke feels emotions, has desires of his own, and has a meaningful investment in his happiness—as all animals do.

You can see CNN’s full story about Yosuke here.

—Sean Posted by Sean Conner, Laboratory Investigations Special Projects Coordinator

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