A bright green talking parakeet from a Rochester suburb whose YouTube videos have drawn millions of views is scheduled to appear live on “The Today Show” Friday morning, along with his Clarence veterinarian.
Dr. Laura Wade, who treated Disco the parakeet for a digestive problem in February, will join Jeff and Judy Bolton of Penfield and their daughter in studio for an interview Friday on the NBC show, which is aired from 7 to 11 a.m. locally on WGRZ, Channel 2.
The hosts of the early part of “The Today Show” watched a video of Disco on Wednesday morning, and then discussed whether he was really talking. In the videos, Disco, who turns 3 this month, intersperses such phrases as “What seems to be the problem, Officer?” and “Nobody puts baby bird in the corner!” with chirps, tweets, barks, meows and bits of song.
The show’s producers sent an SUV to pick up Disco and the Boltons Thursday. Wade, who operates Specialized Care for Avian and Exotic Pets in Clarence, flew to Manhattan on Thursday and will join the family in the studio.
“Our biggest concern is whether he will talk, with all the lights and commotion,” said Wade before catching her flight. “He didn’t talk with me in the exam room in February and March, but he wasn’t feeling well. Our hope is that he’ll feel comfortable and will talk.”
In any case, Wade plans to talk about “parrot cognition, intelligence and the way they use their speech. I’m hoping to tell them that they are great pets, they live a long time, they are intelligent and they are worth taking good care of, just like a bigger parrot.
“I’m just there to support Disco. I don’t want to take anything away from him. I asked Judy, ‘Do you really want me to go? It’s Disco’s moment, not mine,’ but she said they did, so it’s a great opportunity to be an avian ambassador.”
— Anne Neville