The stray bird escaped from from a house in the Sagamihara district of Yokohama on Sunday morning, Kyodo News reported, and made its way to the city centre. After finding its way into a hotel, it came to rest on the shoulder of one of the guests before it was apprehended.
The bird kept silent until Tuesday night when it reportedly blurted out the names of the city and district where its owner’s house is located, reports Radio Australia.
Having arrived at the address, the astonished policemen found that the 64-year-old owner had trained the bird to tell the address to prevent any chances of loosing it.
It was found that the bird’s name is Piko-chan as it kept repeating the affectionate phrase, “You’ re pretty Piko-Chan”.
A police officer expressed astonishment, saying “We had not expected its owner to be identified in this manner.”
However, it’s not a single case when animals did find their way home. It was a story a year ago when a cat was returned to its owners after seven years away from home.
10-year-old Billy, a Burmese pedigree, went missing from his Liverpool home in 2004. Seven years later his owner Carol Rogers received a surprise phone call from a local vet to say that Billy had been handed in.
Rogers said: “I’m thinking ‘Billy, Billy, Billy – who’s Billy?’ I said, ‘I haven’t got an animal called Billy. I’ve got three other animals, but they’re not called Billy.’
“So she said, ‘No, Billy, Mrs Rogers – who you lost seven years ago.’ My husband couldn’t quite believe it until he came home and saw him – it was lovely.”
It was later found out that Billy was identified by a silicon identity chip which was implanted when he was a kitten.
Earlier this year one more story took place when the owners of a cat that went missing four years ago got a late surprise Christmas present when they were reunited with her the day after Boxing Day, claims The Guardian. “It’s really only sinking in now, but it’s the best Christmas present ever,” owner Cristel Worth said.
“How she managed to stray from Princetown to, about 20 miles away, to get to Elburton, I have no idea. It’s a long journey right across the moors,” its owners questioned.
Worth, 32, said she was with her husband, Mark, 31, and their two young daughters when she received the call from the charity last Tuesday.
“We had almost given up hope that we would ever find her again and it was a really wonderful experience to know that she had finally come home,” she said.
“I wish she (Willow) spoke, as all we know is that for the last six months she’s been living in Elburton, but the previous three and a half years are a mystery.”
Willow was taken in six months ago by a family from the Elburton area until the Gables Farm Dogs’ and Cats’ Home in Plymouth finally identified her thanks to an implanted microchip.
Katie Barkell, from the Gables, said: “It’s so difficult to match cats up with their owners, especially when the cat’s been missing for four years … so having them microchipped is fantastic as we can get them straight back in contact.
“It was just brilliant to be able to tell them their cat is home … They rushed in and she [Mrs Worth] was just lost for words, she said it was just the best Christmas present they could have hoped for.”