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April 22, 2001

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Tango, the Pet of the Day
Name: Tango
Age: One year old
Gender: Male
Kind: Sun Conure
Home: Roanoke, Virginia, USA
   Tango has always been a special bird, he loves to give kisses and ride on your shoulder go for walks, and drives in the car. Tango recently had a near death experience with a ferret. He flew down from his cage and attacked the ferret, by the time my husband ran down to get him he was in shock and lifeless. The ferret had him back the neck and had shook him furiously from side to side trying to break his neck. Tango lay limp on the floor barely breathing neck limp and we thought his neck was broken and that was the end. A call to the vet and a half an hour later Tango was clutching still weakly and eyes still closed to my husband. The vet said the next 24 hours were crucial and made an appointment to see him.

    By morning Tango was chirping and acting his old self again, and the vet examined him and said he had a bruise that covered the whole left side of his face. And put him on antibiotics in case the teeth penetrated to avoid septic shock. Tango is fine now but still hates ferrets and tries to attack them whenever possible so he must be monitored at all times when out of his cage. We were very lucky Tango made it through this and urge everyone who has other animals with their parrots to please please please supervise them every minute. We learned the hard way that it only takes a moment for a tragedy to occur. Tango is fine and back to his old self. He loves to ride on my model horses.

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