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Have You Seen This? Cackling parrots

By Martha Ostergar  |  Posted May 20th, 2014 @ 1:15pm


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THE CHUCKLE HUT — When something unexpected sounds human, there’s about a 50-50 chance it will be either terrifying or hilarious.

But today you’re in luck, because two parrots show both sides of the coin in one short video.

Trash is exciting and possibly hilarious. At least, it seems that way to a pair of Amazon parrots as they curiously investigate a garbage bin.

In their excitement, the parrots begin to make noises that sound an awful lot like cackling laughter from a group made up of several women instead of two parrots.

At first the “laughs” sound like delighted, if not raucous, laughter that may be a result of an over-the-top joke told during a ladies' night out. But as the “laughter” continues, you may feel tingles of fear up your spine as the squawks and clucks start to sound more and more like evil witch cackles straight out of film. We’re talking Wicked Witch of the West and Maleficent here.

Basically, if I heard those birds laughing in a dark alley, I would immediately turn tail and run.

For the full effect of the changing character of the laughter, push play and only listen to the video rather than watching it.

Whether you find the parrots’ laughter funny or frightening, it will be hard not to watch the video more than once. Because either way, the sounds they emit are unbelievably fascinating.

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