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Parrot orders Amazon gifts with ‘Alexa’

BUDDY the parrot showed he’s a pretty clever boy by mimicking his owner to order online shopping via Amazon’s Alexa voice-controlled system. Shocked Corienne Pretorius could not work out how she had requested a £10 set of gift boxes until she realised her African grey had bought them. The five-year-old pet had impersonated one of her conversations and placed the order while she was out. Buddy activated her £150 Amazon Echo smart speaker, which connects to the internet shopping giant’s artificial intelligence hub. Users can bark commands at it to control heating, order a takeaway or access a host of other services. It responds to the name “Alexa” and hilarious footage filmed by South Africa-born Corienne now shows Buddy squawking “Alexa!” in her voice. The bird adds in the film: “Oh, um, hang on! Alexa!” As Buddy shrieks, the top of the device on a shelf next to his cage can be seen lighting up blue — showing just how the shopping order was made. Corienne, 39, of Greenwich, South East London, had ruled out civil engineer husband Jan, 45, and son Jaden, eight, before she realised who was responsible for the order. She said: “I couldn’t believe it when I realised that Buddy had made an Amazon order.

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