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April 29, 2001

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Tiki, the Pet of the Day
Name: Tiki
Age: Four months old
Gender: Male
Kind: Sun Conure
Home: Southern California, USA
   What makes this bird so special? Wow, there's so much. I'll begin with how I got to know Tiki. I found the poor thing almost dead from starvation (will not disclose where or who was responsible). Worried he would not live, a friend and I gave him some formula and took him to the vet ASAP. He was underweight, cold, and the doctor found evidence of parasites. On top of that, his head bobbed constantly, begging for food. He was just a baby. I knew that this bird had an incredible will to live, but his progress in a matter of hours was astonishing.

    I took the bundle home and purchased him, caring for him since. I stayed up all night giving him medication and feeding him, giving him all that he had lacked for so long. Soon he was making progress and gaining weight. His head stopped bobbing, and he turned into a playful little bird after almost one entire month spent nursing him back to health. What makes him so amazing is that despite the starvation, he has turned into one great little bird. Despite his mental handicap from the neglect, he has learned to play and is starting to mimic. Tiki is developing a sense of curiosity that surpassed all my expectations for him.

    Last but not least, this bird has not a mean bone in his body. He is incredibly gentle and loves to be handled and played with. Although he is still a baby, the only thing this bird has ever attacked is his toy, lol :) The small picture is within hours of coming home, and the larger is what he currently looks like. After going through so much and bouncing back like he did, he is one incredible bird :)

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