You’ve heard of phantom vibration syndrome, where you think your phone is vibrating in your pocket even though it’s sitting on the table next to you, right? What if your phone started ringing every time you got up to leave the house? A cockatiel with a case of separation anxiety started giving its owner a case of phantom phone ring, and they managed to catch it on video:
When the bird gets upset – often when its owners are tying their shoes to leave, it will chirp out the default iPhone ringtone. The owner, Ben Pluimer, even brings his iPhone in for comparison later in the video, and then shows how the bird starts chirping only when he picks up his shoelace.
Apparently, though, he’s totally over his fame. In a subsequent video, Plumier plays the video for the bird, who struts over to the laptop, looks at the magnetic charging cable plugged in and considers it, then turns his attention to the keyboard, from which he pries off the ESC key and looks at the camera as if to say, “look what you made me do.”
Our animals do goofy stuff all the time, but rarely does it result in us patting down our pockets to make sure we’re not getting a call.