Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Tribute to Alex

Alex, you will be greatly missed!
Spread your wings - fly free!

Alex, the African Grey passing away on Friday, 9/7/2007. I have been very sad since I've learned about Alex. It was because of Alex that my humans decided to adopt an African Grey Parrrot. They watched a show on TV about Alex and they fell in love! (Lucky for ME!)

Alex was a true pioneer and paved the way for the understanding of parrot intelligence, and I believe he is largely responsible for the better and more humane treatment that many parrots receive today because of that understanding. We still have a long way to go before all parrots receive the treatment they deserve, but Alex can rest knowing that he made a massive contribution to parrotkind.

The death of Alex is not only a great loss to the parrot community and the field of Avian research, but also for humans too! Dr. Pepperberg's research, which uses a training method called the model-rival technique, also holds promise for teaching autistic and other learning-disabled children who have difficulty learning language, numerical concepts and even empathy. So far, results using this learning technique with small groups of autistic children have been very promising.

Here is an excellent video produced by PBS about Alex.

Visit the The Alex Foundation for more information about the work being done.

So this is where we part, My Friend,
And you'll fly on around the bend,
Gone from sight but not from mind,
New pleasures there you'll surely find.
I will go on, I'll find the strength,
Life measures quality, not its length.
One long scritch before you leave,
Share one last look, before I grieve.
There are others, that much is true,
But they be they and they aren't you.
And I, fair, impartial, or so I thought
Will remember well all you've taught.
Your place I'll hold, you will be missed,
The feathers I stroked, the beak I kissed.
And as you go to your final rest,
Take with you this -- I loved you best.

~unknown author


parrotplay said...

Someone sent me link to Einstein's YouTube video wich lead me to her site. She is fantastic, love her videos. I just want to thank you for adding Alex to your blog, we miss him so very much. It is still hard to believe his is not with us anymore.
Arlene, Pepperberg Lab Manger

Simba said...

I am just discovering all the Einstein's and so Alex too. I am sorry I haven't known all you exceptional parrots before.

Scrolling through your wonderful blog I found your tribute to Alex. I want to thank you for it.

The connection to the research helping autistic children too was new to me.

A special thank you for that beautiful poem!

For you Einstein, I wish you all the best and a very long and interesting life!

Greetings from Rodrigues, an island in the Indian Ocean where we do not have any parrots anymore, there are only a few Green Parrots left in Mauritius


I run a blog too, usual more about polar bears...I will certainly do a post of you and your collegues...

Simba said...

I haven't found an e-mail address, so I post the link to the story about the Einsteins in my blog here and on Facebook...

Hope you like it...Thanks for your inspiration... - I changed the title a little after having read the latest article about you...))


Einstein Parrot said...

I love the blog post you wrote! Thank you so much for writing it. It is lovely!!!!

Anonymous said...

we'll miss you, birdie.
R.I.P. Alex the Congo African Grey Parrot