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May 17, 2001

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Tonka, the Pet of the Day
Name: Tonka
Age: Two years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Timneh African Grey
Home: Los Angeles, California, USA
   Hello, this our two-year-old Timneh African Grey named Tonka. She loves to play with her toys on top of her cage! Here she is pumping iron! We have had her ever since she was weaned and boy was she a grumpy baby. Now she is the most amazingly intelligent (and goofy) bird we have. She learns words so quickly now that we don't know when we're going to hear them next. Her latest thing is asking everyone in the house -- including the cat and dogs -- if they're okaaaay. About 50 times a night one has to respond yes we're okay. Parrots are amazing pets and we have several others but I do not think they are for everyone. They are an extremely high maintenance animal and because of their intelligence they require lot's of attention. Tonka was a noisy baby and we have been able to divert her energy into productive language. We love timnehs and if anyone is thinking of a grey, why not a timneh, they are friends for life!

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