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By Irene Pepperberg

ISBN-10: 0061980455

ISBN-13: 9780061980459

On September 6, 2007, an African gray parrot named Alex died upfront at age thirty-one. His final phrases to his proprietor, Irene Pepperberg, have been "You be sturdy. i like you."

What would typically be a quiet, very deepest occasion used to be, in Alex's case, headline information. Over the thirty years that they had labored jointly, Alex and Irene had turn into famous-two pioneers who opened an remarkable window into the hidden but gigantic international of animal minds. Alex's mind used to be the scale of a shelled walnut, and whilst Irene and Alex first met, birds weren't believed to own any power for language, awareness, or whatever remotely similar to human intelligence. but, through the years, Alex proved many stuff. He may well upload. He may perhaps sound out phrases. He understood thoughts like greater, smaller, extra, fewer, and none. He used to be able to suggestion and purpose. jointly, Alex and Irene exposed a startling truth: we are living in an international populated through considering, awake creatures.

The reputation that resulted used to be striking. but there has been an aspect to their dating that by no means made the papers. They have been emotionally attached to each other. They shared a deep bond some distance past technological know-how. Alex neglected Irene whilst she was once away. He was once jealous while she paid awareness to different parrots, or maybe humans. He loved to teach her who used to be boss. He enjoyed to bounce. He occasionally turned bored by means of the repetition of his checks, and performed jokes on her. occasionally they sniped at one another. but approximately each day, they each one stated, "I love you."

Alex and Irene stayed jointly via thick and thin-despite sneers from specialists, notable monetary sacrifices, and a nomadic life from one univer­sity to a different. the tale in their thirty-year event is both a landmark of clinical success and of an unforgettable human-animal bond.

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