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October 20, 1998

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Kiko, the Pet of the Day
Name: Kiko
Age: Ten years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Lutino Lovebird
Home: Batavia, New York, USA
   This is my lovebird Kiko. He's ten years old and very special to me. When I am home he is with me constantly. And I do mean constantly!!! He sits on the shower curtain rod when I take a shower and can't wait till I get out of the shower so he can be close to me again. When I have to go out he senses that I am leaving and dives in my shirt and I have a tough time getting him out. We play several games together and one of them is to see how many times he kisses me in one sitting. Our record is twelve times. I have had him for nine years and he's priceless to me. He's my constant companion and best friend.

    Kiko is a Lutino Lovebird. It is not uncommon for a Lovebird to live to be 30 years old. If birds are given other foods besides just seeds, they will be healthier than those that have a total diet of seeds. He eats what I eat. Kiko loves cooked chicken, that's why I call him my little cannibal. He loves fresh peas, corn and especially egg yolk. I have to keep a boiled egg in the refrigerator, so he can have his "eggers" every night. He only likes a little bit but it had better be there every night or I will get pestered until he gets it. He actually paces back and forth on my shoulders going from one shoulder to the other and nipping my ear until he gets what he wants. If I pretend to smell of him and tell him he smells like a chicken, he will insist on taking a bath. I know it sounds crazy but it's true. He understands quite a number of words but won't talk, except to say thank-you when we have a sip of coffee in the morning.

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