Woman said "I love you" one last time to her parrot and his reaction leaves people in tears

After 25 years together, a parrot and his owner had to say goodbye when she passed away. A video of their final moments together, recorded by the woman’s daughter, has become viral. While some people find the clip moving, others believe such a private moment shouldn’t be on social media.

Humans are not the only species capable of feeling grief. It has been proved several times that dogs, cats, and other pets can feel when a loved one is leaving them, just like Simbad, the African gray parrot.

Source: YouTube/Terry Culver

Source: YouTube/Terry Culver


The beautiful bird was recorded as he visited his owner and friend on her deathbed. The viral clip, recorded at the hospital by the woman’s daughter, shows how the bird gently rests of her arm in complete silence, which is rare for the talkative species as if he knew the fragility of the moment.

A few moments later, Simbad carefully hops on the woman’s chest, as the daughter says behind the camera “Simba is so sad.” She then asks her dying mother to say something to the bird because he needs to hear her one last time.

Source: YouTube/Terry Culver

Source: YouTube/Terry Culver

At this, the woman finally seems to come to her senses for a bit as she tells the bird “I love you, baby” and repeats it a few more times. The bird stares at the woman and stays close to her in an incredible show of unconditional love and companionship.


Parrots usually develop strong bonds with their humans because they see them as part of their flock. And when they lose someone on their flock, they go through a grieving and readjustment process, just like humans.

Source: YouTube/Terry Culver

Source: YouTube/Terry Culver

African Grays are brilliant, and they have a lifespan of 50 years. Parrots can even become depressed, and in some cases, the veterinary has to prescribe anti-depressants apt for birds to help them deal with their loss.


Although the video, originally posted on YouTube, has earned over 1 million views, people’s reactions to the clip have been mixed. Some find the video emotional and a great example of how animals have feelings too, but others think of it as morbid, as it shows a lady in her deathbed.

One YouTube user wrote:

“I'm so sorry for your loss. What a sweet thing to do, bringing the bird to her. You are so kind.”

Source: YouTube/Terry Culver

Source: YouTube/Terry Culver

And another added:

“That's the sweetest and saddest thing I've ever witnessed... May she rest in peace.”

But others had a different approach:

“That's the sweetest and saddest thing I've ever witnessed... May she rest in peace.”

And another user agreed:

“It seems inappropriate to upload this to youtube.  I guess getting views is more important than keeping a private moment private.”


Last year, another video that went viral showed a horse grieving the death of his owner.

As family and friends of Wagner de Lima Figueiredo reunited to sent him away, they were surprised by the reaction of his loyal steed, Sereno. The horse looked distressed as they walked on the streets carrying Wagner’s coffin, and when the coffin was put on the back of a truck, Sereno rested his head against it, whimpering and stomping the ground with his hooves.

Wando de Lima, Wagner’s brother, said to the Daily Mail:

“This horse was everything to Wagner; it was as if the horse knew what was happening and wanted to say goodbye.  Wagner's life was this horse. He had a passion and a great love for him. Sometimes he would even stop buying things for himself to make sure he could afford to buy horse feed.”

Sereno is now under Wando’s care.  

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