Amazingly enough - it's been more than 2.5 years since I wrote a post about getting an African Grey Parrot named Choco. We got Choco while Elie was on base and I couldn't wait to hear what he would say to the latest addition to the family.
Choco turned out to be a bit of a surprise to us and to the people who sold him to us. They gave us a really good price, partially because while Choco made some noise, he was largely quiet while on display in the pet store and I think the owners were happy to get rid of him in hopes of getting a bird that would attract more people.
If only they knew...
Within a short while, Choco proved that he'd been holding back. He makes more sounds than I can count - some of them at noise levels above what I want to admit. He talks - a lot. He has whole conversations in mumbled tones to himself when you cover his cage. And every once in a while, he yells out, "Shut up, Choco, shut up" in Hebrew.
Elie has had conversations with Choco - Choco will make some horrible noise. Elie will tell him "Shut up, Choco, shut up" in Hebrew. To which, Choco will yell out, "Shut up." And then Elie will laugh...and then Choco will make the same hysterical laughing sounds.
If you are familiar with Jeff Dunham and "Achmed the Dead Terrorist" (see the video below...it's really funny), Achmed often says, "Silence, I kill you." When Choco starts making a lot of noise, Elie is now teaching him to say, "Silence, I kill you."
(Warning: A bit politically incorrect and risqué near the end.)