In Alex and Me, a caged bird speaks! How much impact could a one-pound ball of feathers have on the world?
Alex and Irene have discovered a hidden world of animal intelligence and formed a deep bond in the process. Dr. Irene Pepperberg’s memoir of her 30 year collaboration with an African Gray parrot was written for the legions of Alex’s fans whose lives he and she touched with their ground-breaking work on animal communication.
Alex is a one-pound, three-dimensional force of nature. Mischievous and cocky, he gets also gets bored and frustrated. (And who wouldn’t, when asked to repeat tasks 60 times to ensure statistical significance?) He shouts out correct answers when his colleagues (other parrots) fail to produce them. If Irene greets another bird first in the morning, Alex sulks all day and refuses to cooperate. He demands food, toys, showers, a trip to his gym and a tickle!