Duck recorded speaking to human

Scientists have recorded the first known instance of a duck that has learned to mimic human speech. The duck, called Ripper, lives in Australia. It is quoted as saying: “You bloody fool.”

Parrots, songbirds and hummingbirds were thought to be the only birds thought to be able to mimic human speech, though several mammals such as whales, dolphins, seals, bats and elephants can also imitate sounds. (Washington Post 22 September 2021)

My comment: This explains a lot. Turns out that much of the speechifying in Congress and Parliament isn’t human at all. Seats have been vacated by super-rich politicians in favor of palatial seaside mansions. What you hear reported is the recorded voice of a duck.

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