Apparently humans aren’t the only species with a (somewhat troubling) connection to smartphones: Turns out our feathered friends, under certain circumstances, are also oddly affected by the addictive devices.
Behold: The Saddest Cockatiel in the World.
Ben Pluimer posted a video to Vimeo on Dec. 18, which featured his friend’s pet bird perfectly “singing” the classic iPhone default ringtone.
Pluimer claims the cockatiel tends to get upset when its humans are tying their shoes and getting ready to leave the house. Aww, poor birdie!
“When my friend’s cockatiel gets upset, it sings an Apple ringtone,” he writes.
In the video, the real Apple ringtone is played right after the bird sings. As you can hear for yourself, it is nearly pitch perfect.
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While this tiny tweeter’s talent is evident, so too is its sadness. The inherent melancholy of the avian virtuoso is matched only by mankind’s own existential dread at the thought of being alone with our thoughts for just five minutes.
Plus, I don’t know about you, but whenever I hear an iPhone anywhere ring, I assume it’s my own and hunt through my belongings. This bizarre human tendency probably means I can never adopt a pet bird, at least not a deeply empathetic one like this solemn angel.