Doug Lerner reports from Tokyo and St. Louis, and points beyond…

YOKOHAMA — A male budgerigar, which was missing and later captured at a hotel in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, has been safely returned to its owner, after the pet parakeet told police its home address, authorities said Wednesday.

The budgerigar fled from 64-year-old woman’s home in Sagamihara early Sunday morning. The pet bird was later captured at the nearby hotel after it perched on the shoulder of a male guest, according to police.

The bird was turned over to the police, which kept it in a cage.

Late Tuesday night, the budgerigar suddenly began to repeat an address, prompting the police to contact the owner, they said.

“We never thought that we could find the owner in this manner,” a police officer said.

ref: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120503a8.html

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