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May 27, 2001

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Nemo, the Pet of the Day
Name: Nemo
Age: Fourteen months old
Gender: Male
Kind: Quaker Parrot
Home: Reno, Nevada, USA
   Nemo was given to us by the local Parrot store owner because he wanted Nemo to go to a good home. Nemo is what is considered a "special needs" bird because he has no feet. You wouldn't know it by seeing how he gets about though. His favorite past times are taking baths, playing peek-a-boo, shredding tissues, and talking up a storm. Because Nemo has no feet and just stubs it makes it difficult for him to do any extensive tricks....but he loves to find dark places to hide and will start yelling happily to let us know when he has found a new dark "cave" to hide in. He also likes to climb under blankets. As most Quakers are known for, we call him our "little green chicken" because he squawks whenever we give him a new toy--but after a few minutes he will be attacking it with fervor. I would have to say his favorite game to play would be "gonna gitcha". His human dad taught him that game when he was just a baby. We sneak our hand up slowly and he will start saying "gonnnnnnnna gitcha" and then we will "get him" by cupping our hand over his head and body and giving him a gentle shake at which point he will say "gotcha!". He also loves to play peekaboo which he learned as a baby in the bird store. Cover him up with a tissue or towel or just hiding behind our hand and popping up will have him saying "Wherrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre's Nemo?" "PEEKABOO!" Also, because of his Quaker gene pool, he is rather territorial and feisty. He does not like to snuggle. However right after his bath time - which he also loves, he is mellow and sweet. That's when he spends time with me, his mommy, and we groom together. Since he can't reach the feathers on his head or neck because of the "no feet" situation he needs help with grooming those. So after bath time is when we sit down and fix those feathers for him. This house would definitely not be the same without our little Nemo. He has his own little personality and we would not have it any other way. He is only a little more than one year old but has already woven his way deep into our hearts. Many people ask us why we took on a "handicapped" bird...and we just ask them..."what handicap?" :o) We love our little green chicken!

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