Killer whale in France mimics human speech
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Her head above water, Wikie the killer whale looks at the human trainer next to her pool, listens, then loudly vocalizes: "Hello." It is not a perfect imitation, but, astonishingly, recognizable. It is the first scientific demonstration of an orca mimicking human words, which also included "Amy" - the name of Wikie's handler-"Bye-Bye" and "one-two-three". "We were not expecting a perfect match, like a parrot," researcher Jose Abramson of the Complutense University of Madrid said of the experiment reported Wednesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Killer whale in France mimics human speech. (2018, February 1). Manila Standard, p. B3.
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