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Thursday, 21 December 2017

iParrot! Pet cockatiel sings the Apple ringtone every time it gets upset - but can't stand it when his own song is played back to him


  • Los Angeles Vimeo user and TV director Ben Pluimer recently filmed his friend Mike McCafferty's bird Lucky singing as he ties his shoes
  • The cockatiel serenades him with a note-for-note imitation of the famous ringtone, seemingly in a bid to keep his owner from leaving
  • After the video went viral, Ben shared an update clip of Lucky listening to his own video, before walking over to the laptop and ripping off the escape key 


  • It's no secret that plenty of pets struggle to deal with separation anxiety when their owners leave them at home for the day.
    Some pets cry, paw, or give their best puppy eyes to try and persuade their humans not to leave, but one cockatiel's tactic is to impersonate one of its owner's favorite things: his cell phone.
    In a new viral video, an adorable bird named Lucky reacts to his owner Mike McCafferty getting ready to leave by singing a note-for-note rendition of the IPhone  ringtone.

    A sweet plea: A cockatiel has gone viral for a pitch-perfect impersonation of the iPhone ringtone, which he sings whenever he's upsetA sweet plea: A cockatiel has gone viral for a pitch-perfect impersonation of the iPhone ringtone, which he sings whenever he's upset
    A sweet plea: A cockatiel has gone viral for a pitch-perfect impersonation of the iPhone ringtone, which he sings whenever he's upset


    Not liking what he's seeing: Lucky is seen in the video watching his owner tie his shoes and singing the song in distress
    Not liking what he's seeing: Lucky is seen in the video watching his owner tie his shoes and singing the song in distress
    The clip, filmed by Los Angeles Vimeo user and TV director Ben Pluimer, shows the little bird perched on his owner's khaki pants.
    The man is laying his other leg across the thigh the bird is sitting on and trying to tie his shoes while the grey and yellow bird looks on with concern. 
    Lucky then begins to play a song familiar to all iPhone owners: the standard ringtone included with each of the Apple phones. 
    The strikingly electronic sounding song continues as Lucky fidgets in his owners lap, lifting his head to watch the shoelaces move.

    Quite a voice: The bird appears to be trying to get his owner's attention with the song
    Quite a voice: The bird appears to be trying to get his owner's attention with the song


    The source: The owner then plays the ringtone in the video, showing how bang on Lucky's impression is
    The source: The owner then plays the ringtone in the video, showing how bang on Lucky's impression is

    Ben later shared the video online, including on Reddit where it proved an instant hit, eventually gaining more than 87,000 upvotes. 
    'My friend's family has a cockatiel named Lucky. Whenever Lucky gets upset, he sings an Apple ringtone,' Ben wrote in the caption for the video on YouTube. 
    'It usually happens when they tie their shoes to get ready to leave the house. It's adorable, and also pitch perfect.'
    On Reddit, the post led to dozens of other users sharing stories of their own clever feathered friends.




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