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July 24, 2000

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Baracus, the Pet of the Day
Name: Baracus
Age: Seven years old
Gender: Male
Kind: African Grey Parrot
Home: Orland Park, Illinois, USA
   This is Baracus, our seven-year-old African Grey. We adopted him when he was a year old because his owner was allergic to feathers. I, on the other hand, am allergic to almost anything with fur. I dearly love animals, so I was more than happy to take in a friend of the feathered variety! Baracus talks all the time and is an avid Chicago Bears fan. He cheers right along with his dad and the TV every chance he gets, with a hearty "Woo! Woo!" and even a clapping sound. One of the neatest things about him is that he can duplicate a person's tone of voice when he talks. If my husband answers the phone, Baracus will say "Hello?" in his voice. If I answer the phone, he says it in mine. I often get mixed up when I hear someone calling my name at home. I'll answer, thinking it's my husband calling for me, but it's often the bird. He makes us laugh constantly and I couldn't imagine our home without him, which is a good thing because his life span is over 60 years!

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