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December 27, 2000

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Sparky, the Pet of the Day
Name: Sparky
Age: Fourteen years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Blue Streaked Lory
Home: Portland, Oregon, USA
   Sparky was given to a lady of who couldn't take care of Sparky's needs. He does not eat seed but is a nectar and fruit eater which can be very, very messy. I was able to take possession of Sparky about nine years ago and have never regretted it. His vocabulary is extensive; from "gimmee a kiss" [his favorite] to telling one of the other birds to knock it off if the bird gets too noisy. His antics can bring a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day and tell you, "It's O.K." when you cry. After years of trying to find out an average age of a pet Blue Streak I have still not found someone who knows, for since Blue Streaks are on the endangered list, most of them are in breeding situations which is a bit different. A lady said she thought they lived about fifteen years. I do hope she is wrong for when Sparky leave this world to the jungle where he belongs, there will be a very big hole in this earth where I live.

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