A video of a parrot answering the phone at a veterinary clinic has gone viral on social media.
Posted on TikTok, a vet named Liz, using the username @lizvetexoticstech, shares a comedic video of a parrot saying “hello” in a monotonous voice when one of the staff answers the phone.
“Vet clinics are so understaffed, we trained birds to answer the phone,” she wrote in the video. Currently, the popular post has received over 188,000 likes and has been viewed over 1.9 million times.
“For every problem there is a solution,” Liz commented on the video.
Many TikTok users expressed their opinions in the comments section and joked about how the parrot sounds.
“He sounds so over the top,” joked one.
“He will actually be looking for jobs during his 30 minute lunch break,” wrote another.
“I bet he’s taking smoke breaks and not af#@&,” commented another user.
One user said, “You should teach him to say stop, please.”
“This video brought me so much joy,” exclaimed one user.
The Animal Humane Society’s TikTok account tuned in to see if the parrot is available: “We are actually hiring and think this could be a good fit. Can he call us or should we give you a ‘wing’ on this job offer? “
“Exactly my enthusiasm when I answer the phone,” wrote another.
One report asked why vet clinics are understaffed: “I called a couple yesterday to bring my dog in and 3 told me they were understaffed.”
“Everyone’s burned out and sadly leaving the field,” Liz replied.
Many animal hospitals have had staffing problems for years. Emergency clinics are struggling to find staff as they have an increasing number of new patients, which means some people have to wait a while for appointments. Current employees are feeling overwhelmed and stressed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Parrots are part of the bird family called Psittacidae. There are over 330 different species within the family. Birds are also a common pet in the United States. As of 2017, there are over 20 million ornamental birds in the country.
Have you ever wondered how parrots mimic human speech? Parrots are social creatures and have a “very keen sense of hearing,” according to pet site The Nest. They have thick tongues and a syrinx. A syrinx breaks in two directions, allowing air to pass between the larynx and bronchi. The parrot then moves its tongue to speak.
news week reached out to @lizvetexoticstech for comment.
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