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What you are describing is a death due to prolonged ... is your secret evidence? Grueling mental exercise, my aunt fannie.

Let's not forget that Alex was a plucker!! Itself this doesn't prove much but it points to him being potentially very stressed. Reasons for plucking are not well understood, some attribute this behaviour to stress, sexual frustration, others to skin problems, etc. M.J.

Alex started plucking when Dr Pepperberg had to leave him for extended periods on business.
He had stopped plucking years ago.
In all he was a well loved and well cared for parrot. One thing to bare in mind is that it is very hard to tell the age of a Grey parrot once it has matured.
I know Dr Pepperberg has said he was a one year when she bought him at random from a pet shop
but if in fact he had been wild caught there would be no easy way to tell his true age.
You can't just saw them in half and count the rings.

Steve n Misty
Let's not forget that Alex was a plucker!! Itself this ... to stress, sexual frustration, others to skin problems, etc. M.J.

Alex started plucking when Dr Pepperberg had to leave him for extended periods on business. He had stopped plucking years ago.

I don't know, have read that a few years ago he
was still plucking.
In all he was a well loved and well cared for parrot. One thing to bare in mind is that ... be no easy way to tell his true age. You can't just saw them in half and count the rings.

Up to around 2 years of age it's possible for a somewhat experienced person to distinguish if the bird is young. He might have been older, than 1 yr when bought, but probably not by much.
It is not out of the question though that he might have been bought an older bird (?). Irene was no expert then I suppose.

Wildcaught? I don't think so, very unlikely, as these are not easy to tame, even if young. But on the other hand they are supposedly smarter than handfed ones. Alex seemed very smart, and his companions Griffin, and the other, I forget his/her name, are not nearly as talented as Alex was. Intriguing question.

M.J.
You've got to be experienced to se a change in eye color?
He might have been older, than 1 yr when bought, but probably not by much. It is not out of ... then I suppose. Wildcaught? I don't think so, very unlikely, as these are not easy to tame, even if young.

and you know this how?
But on the other hand they are supposedly smarter than handfed ones. Alex seemed very smart, and his companions Griffin, and the other, I forget his/her name, are not nearly as talented as Alex was. Intriguing question.

BTW it has been speculated t Alex might have succumbed to Aspergillosis, a fungal infection of the lungs that he had battled in the past.
On 22 Sep 2007, said the following in
But on the other hand they are supposedly smarter than ... are not nearly as talented as Alex was. Intriguing question.

BTW it has been speculated t Alex might have succumbed to Aspergillosis, a fungal infection of the lungs that he had battled in the past.

Finally! Some speculation that is related to the available facts.

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Dann
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I don't know, have read that a few years ago ... somewhat experienced person to distinguish if the bird is young.

You've got to be experienced to se a change in eye color?

You've got to be experienced to know that's the change to look for.
He might have been older, than 1 yr when bought, ... as these are not easy to tame, even if young.

and you know this how?

Maybe he's tried it?
But on the other hand they are supposedly smarter than ... are not nearly as talented as Alex was. Intriguing question.

BTW it has been speculated t Alex might have succumbed to Aspergillosis, a fungal infection of the lungs that he had battled in the past.

So you're using speculation too?

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Why are there more white people killed in avalanches than blacks? The blacks are easier to find in the snow.
You've got to be experienced to se a change in eye color?

You've got to be experienced to know that's the change to look for.

The information is readily available for anyone that isn't to lazy to too no you don't
and you know this how?

Maybe he's tried it?

I doubt it but let's say he did. How many?
BTW it has been speculated t Alex might have succumbed to Aspergillosis, a fungal infection of the lungs that he had battled in the past.

So you're using speculation too?

Speculation with fact behind it.
You've got to be experienced to know that's the change to look for.

The information is readily available for anyone that isn't to lazy to too no you don't

"lazy to too no you don't"? Please speak English.
Maybe he's tried it?

I doubt it but let's say he did. How many?

That's why he said "unlikely" and not "impossible".
So you're using speculation too?

Speculation with fact behind it.

Hmm, like "an educated guess". Right..

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Correct. They solve exactly 317.25 problems each day. Except on weekends and when they go on vacation

What happens to the .25 problem?

Every fourth day it is added like a leap problem.
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