Singapore — According to Ippy the scarlet macaw, the winner of this weekend’s Formula One Singapore Grand Prix will be Sebastian Vettel for the third consecutive time, says Singapore’s Channel News Asia.
As part of Jurong Bird Park wanting to get in on the excitement surrounding the highly-awaited night race, Ippy’s trainer had the bird randomly choose from five figurines, each representing a Formula One driver.
The trainer, Eileen Lim, says Ippy is not a huge Red Bull fan, but that they’ve simply trained him to display his natural instincts on command.
Lim explained how it was done, saying “Just like how we train the birds here in the bird park, we work them on a positive reinforcement basis. First, we introduce them to the objects that we want them to pick up, it may be a small nut or a fruit or in this case, the F1 drivers.
“Whenever they do it right, whenever they pick it up, we give them a treat in the form of their favourite fruit or a command of voice by praising him”. Image/MediaCorp/ChannelNewsAsia