| December 2, 2005
- Einstein already rules the roost at Knoxville Zoo's Bird Show. Now
she is set to rule the airwaves. The zoo's feathered friend is making
another national television appearance during "Good Morning America"
on Tuesday, Dec. 6 on WATE-TV Ch. 6. Einstein, along with Lead Bird
Show Trainer Stephanie White, will make several appearances throughout
the show and have a longer segment near the end at 8:50 a.m.
This is Einstein and Stephanie's third national appearance this year.
They were previously guests on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno
in July and on The Early Show in August. Over the past
year, Einstein has been featured in the Knoxville News Sentinel, the
Associated Press, presented with a Tourism Impact Award by the Knoxville
Tourism and Sports Corporation and voted AnimalPlanet.com's most popular
Pet Star ever.
They will also be guests on the Montel Williams Show while they
are in New York. This show will air at a later time.
Einstein is an African grey parrot that was hatched in California
in 1987. Knoxville Zoo obtained Einstein from a Californian couple
in 1992. Since then, she has been the star of Knoxville Zoos
Bird Show and a popular spokesbird for the zoo.
African grey parrots are one of the smartest bird species and are
also known as one of the best talking/mimicking species. Einstein
is extremely intelligent, even for an African grey. She has an extensive
verbal vocabulary and is able to mimic animals and other sounds.
It is believed her vocabulary exceeds 200 words and sounds. Of that,
about 80 are on cue.