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June 5, 1999

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Astro, the Pet of the Day
Name: Astro
Age: Two years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Goffins Cockatoo
Home: North Carolina, USA
   This is Astro, an approximately two-year-old Goffins cockatoo. He lives with "mommy and daddy" in North Carolina and has had an interesting, if short, history so far! His exact age is unknown, since before his adoption he was stolen from a pet store. Apparently, the thief would enter the store carrying a large bag, and would put into it birds which were allowed to stand outside of their cages, then would sell them on the black market. Fortunately, a neighbor turned this person in and Astro was returned so that loving people could adopt him.

    He is a wonderful companion and a very smart bird. Recently he spoke his first words--learned from a Taco Bell commercial!!! He is able to mimic the sound of "Heeerrrre, Leezard, leezard" which was in the Taco Bell chihuahua commercials some months ago! He also has learned to laugh like "Tickle Me Elmo"!

    Astro enjoys honeydew melon and strawberries, and is constantly interested in the goings-on of daily life around him. He performs great acrobatics, loves having his head and wings rubbed, and is always "communicating"! We love and enjoy this little rascal very much and look forward to many years of laughter and fun!

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