How does sparrow for a pet sound?
Unusual, right? This little bird named Pee-Chan has defied laws of nature and started living with an elderly couple in Japan.
The couple, Yoshiko and Yoshino Fujino, couldn’t be more pleased with the newest family member.
Watch | Sparrow joins Japanese family
It is quite fascinating how Pee-Chan started following Yoshiko home one day while she was returning home from her job as a crossing guard for local school children. (In case you’re wondering, crossing guards help children safely cross the street).
This happened in November last year, and since then he hasn’t left them.
Pee-chan spends his days feasting on grains of rice, or exploring his new owner’s face. “It’s very comforting,” Yoshika says, “It’s fun to come home to a sparrow.”
With her grandchildren all grown-up, she says it’s nice to have a little one around the house again.
The bird also seems pretty comfortable in his new environment.
For all those who want their neighbourhood sparrows to imprint on them, take a cue from this breakthrough!
P.S. Japanese wildlife laws allow people to capture wild sparrows as pets from mid November to mid February.