Meet Poncho, the Hail Mary parrot.

Poncho is a South American quaker parrot with an unusual talent: he can recite the Hail Mary from start to finish.

Having made his home with an observant Catholic family in the USA, it was probably inevitable Poncho would learn about what matters to them - but who could have imagined he would start reciting their prayers?

This is how you get famous on the internet, folks. He’ll break YouTube records if he learns to sing Danny Boy.

Just have some sympathy for any neighbor who might live in the vicinity of that air vent. They’ll be listening to him Hail Mary morning, noon and night.

Next up expect to hear that he’s scored a six figure record contract and a US tour deal - after they announce his forthcoming Christmas album, that is.

*Originally published in October 2014.