By Bob Fowler, Roane State staff writer
Roane State Community College student Kinsley Cagle has a job helping teach Einstein.
Thatâ€™s the moniker for the famous African grey parrot at Zoo Knoxville. Einstein is a viral superstar whose incredible antics have been viewed more than 24 million times on YouTube.
Einsteinâ€™s hilarious mimicry of noises ranging from a variety of animal sounds and calls to complete sentences is a popular attraction at the zooâ€™s Wild Encounters area.
â€œShe (Einstein) can make a lot of sounds,â€ said Cagle, a 23-year-old Oak Ridge resident. â€œAt times, itâ€™s almost like having a conversation with her.â€
One of Cagleâ€™s latest training endeavors involves teaching a species of duck called hooded mergansers to voluntarily waddle into a crate for safe, secure transport.
â€œI was never a â€˜bird personâ€™ before this,â€ Cagle said, â€œbut I like being around them.â€[Read more…]