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May 13, 1999

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Jake, the Pet of the Day
Name: Jake
Age: Seventeen months old
Gender: Female
Kind: African Senegal Parrot
Home: Santa Clara, California, USA
   This is Jake. She's a seventeen-month-old African Senegal parrot. She's my special baby because she's so smart and funny. She talks up a storm and does all kinds of cute tricks like waving and dunking a wiffle basketball:)

    She's a prima-winga-donna! Ever since I've been taking her picture, she has developed quite the inflated ego:) She's cute, and she knows it! She's been asking me something about headshots and a portfolio? She really is a very sweet bird. She's not the cuddly type that these birds tend to be though. She's more happy just sitting with me or doing tricks. She only likes the tricks part because she gets "cookies" (safflower seeds). She will wave, shake hands (well, finger to foot), do wingies (our version of big eagle), fetch a ball and bring it to me, fetch the ball and dunk it in the basketball hoop, pull up a bucket on a chain, and dead bird in my hand. We're working on a head stand. She also talks and we're working on getting that on cue. She says hi baby, wingies, jake, babieeeeee, Frankie (our budgie), ready?, cookie, night-night and she's working on watcha doing?. She's starting to say "hi, baby" on cue now.

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