Video: Meet Moko, a grey African parrot and Canucks fan

We had a bird in my house growing up — a cockatiel. It could speak, sort of. On rare occasions, it would mumble, “Birdy, birdy, birdy,” to the amazement of anybody in the room at the time. (This always struck me as unimpressive. No one would be wowed by a guy that just said, “Human. Human,” all the time.) But no one much cared for Birdy (we let her name herself). She was a biter. Also, my dad was told she was a male when he bought her, but then one day she laid eggs. No one likes a bird that makes a fool of you by changing sexes.

Anyway, after Birdy, I’m not much for birds. But I could totally get behind Moko, a grey African parrot and, apparently, a Vancouver Canucks fan.

I mean, granted, Moko’s a parrot, so he’s just copying everyone around him, he has little idea what hockey is nor any real interest in it and he probably couldn’t name a single player. (In that sense, Moko is a lot like many season ticketholders.) But it’s still comforting to know that the Canucks’ supporters extend to the avian kingdom. Next time someone tells you the Canucks are the most hated, scoff and ask them if they even asked a single bird.

Bandwagon fandom aside, Moko has several other things in common with the citizens of Canuck nation. For instance, consider the moment at 0:30, when Moko’s owner interrupts his cheering with a “You tell them, baby” and he flashes her a five-second death stare. I recognize that face. That’s the “Shut up, I’m watching hockey” face.

Additionally, like any good Canucks fan, Moko is also prone to crises of identity and self-worth while watching games, which is why he tells himself he’s a good boy constantly. We’re a very insecure fanbase.

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7 comments

  1. Micheal
    April 20, 2012

    This is so great.

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  2. KS
    April 20, 2012

    Can you imagine how freaked out the person who discovered parrots could talk must have been?

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  3. MelT
    April 20, 2012

    Moko should come to the game, because Drew Doughty is afraid of birds.

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  4. Tamara B
    April 20, 2012

    For instance, consider the moment at 0:30, when Moko’s owner interrupts his cheering with a “You tell them, baby” and he flashes her a five-second death stare. I recognize that face. That’s the “Shut up, I’m watching hockey” face

    GOLD!!!

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  5. Cathylu
    April 20, 2012

    We love birds at our house and have had several pet birds over the last 12 years, but none of them ever talked. We did babysit 2 African Greys one Christmas and I know they are amazing! They should put Moko on the Jumbotron!

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  6. Ashley
    April 20, 2012

    The last two sentences. I burst out laughing in public. I don’t laugh in public.

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  7. the real bob
    April 20, 2012

    he may be a parrot but he’s more rational than 1/2 the sports staff of the ottawa sun…

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