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BIRD TALK: Remembering Alex

This pioneering parrot gave us a new definition of intelligence

By Leigh Ann Hartsfield

I’m still unable to fully grasp the idea that our precious Alex has passed from this world. His death was so unexpected; there was no dreadful accident, no sickness, no exposure to dangerous fumes or materials; none of the things we all worry about in caring for our feathered companions. He was simply taken in his sleep on September 6, 2007 at 31 years of age. Those of us who held him so dear are still reeling from the shock of our loss.

Upon hearing of Alex’s death from Dr. Irene Pepperberg, I remember my first conversation with my friend Arlene Levin-Rowe, manager of the Pepperberg Lab and Alex’s devoted caretaker for the last several years. Through our tears, Arlene said, “How could this have happened? He was Alex; he was larger than life."

**For the full article, pick up the January 2008 issue of BIRD TALK magazine**

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We bought an African Gray ( Congo ) on
2/25/06 in memory of myson that was killed a year before. We took GREAT care of Joshlynn. He wanted for NOTHING. He had us laughing ALL the time.
ALL that forever changed on Fri. when we were eating dinner. He was not making any noise. We went to check on him and to our SHOCK, he was on the floor of his cage. We held him and he died in Bills; Hands. We ALL deal with things differently, and since I lost my son, I don't show emotions much..Bill ( who had a Massive Heart Attack in March ) is SO upset and that is NOT good for him. I just thought you
" Jean The African Queen " should know. The LOVE given to that Bird was something else. When we bought him from you, we lived in Palm Beach Cnty.
We " thought " he'd be around for a LONG time and NOT almost 6 yrs. Not expecting you to do anything at all about this, just filling you in that other peoples' world can be crushed in a " New York Minute ". Joshlynn is burried in our back yard with a Head Stone too.
Bonnie & Bill Barczak
Bonnie & Bill, Manning, SC
Posted: 11/13/2010 11:24:16 PM
I didn't even know Alex, but any bird that dies of any cause is heartbreaking.
Alexandra, Halifax, NS
Posted: 4/29/2009 5:08:26 PM
i loved this.it was soooooooooo sad.i cried through most of it.it really touched my heart.
kymmi, new london, OH
Posted: 12/17/2007 3:34:39 PM
This was an awesome tribute to our dear feathered friend Alex!
Andrea, Hamilton, OH
Posted: 12/3/2007 6:21:37 AM
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