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January 8, 2000

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Charley, the Pet of the Day
Name: Charley
Age: Two years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Raven
Home: Prescott, Arizona, USA
   This is Charley! He's a raven that I rescued two summers ago after he had fallen from the nest as a fledgling. After nursing him back to health and bandaging his broken leg, it became apparent that Charley would always have a turned-in claw and may not be able to fly. One fine summer Sunday as Charley was hopping about the yard, a large dog came lumbering down the road. Charley took one look at the dog and soared above the tree-tops much to everyone's surprise and delight. Maybe he just needed motivation. Charley is the neighborhood mascot and much beloved member of our tiny community nestled within the National Forest in the mountains of Prescott, Arizona. The small picture shows him as he knocks on the window with his beak looking for treats (his favorite is watermelon). Charley is never caged, he lives among us because he chooses to; it's his home. We're all hoping that he chooses to raise a family here, as friendly and as much fun as my friend, Charley. The larger picture is a shot of Charley at his favorite hiding place (the bird bath). He hides his treats in there. And they say Ravens are smart? He buries his treats, too and then forgets where he puts them...

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