Thursday, January 11, 2007

Basketball-Playing Bird Wins Bird-Brained Video Contest

TAMPA, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A parakeet who lives in Tampa, Florida, may be the bird equivalent to both Tiger Woods AND Michael Jordan.

His name is A.J. and the 16-year-old Indian Ringneck Parakeet not only knows how to putt like Woods and dunk a ball like Jordan, he can also water ski and flip on his head.

As a result, this prize-winning parakeet has just won a $1000 prize in a “Most Outrageous Bird Video” contest sponsored by the website.

It’s a sweet victory for A.J. and his owner, David Cota, because the bird was originally a gift from talk show host Johnny Carson.

It seems Cota had another talented parakeet, “Axl,” that was suffocated while on its way to an appearance on the Tonight Show and Carson gave him the new bird to soften the blow.

Cota didn’t think A.J. would ever be able to match Axl for tricks but, 16 years later, the bird has managed to fly above the standards set by the previous bird.

Now, Cota plans to use the prize to get life insurance for his bird and is considering teaching A.J. how to bowl.

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