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April 25, 2002

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Echo, the Pet of the Day
Name: Echo
Age: Six weeks old
Gender: Female
Kind: Sun Conure
Home: Key Largo, Florida, USA
   Echo is still feeding on baby formula. I have in insert it into her mouth with a syringe. When she becomes four months old, she will be at 90% her adult size. It will take her two years for her to reach full adult maturity and she will be about 12" long. And most of her green feathers will turn to a brilliant sunshine yellow at eight months of age or so. I can expect her to live about 25 years.

    Echo has already learned to be potty trained. She will let me know when she needs to go by doing a little wiggle when I hold her. I tell her "go potty" and I set her down in a small box I designated for her. And I hold her a lot. When she needs to go and I am not holding her, she will start flapping her wings and backing up letting me know I need to put her in her box. Believe it or not, she has never had an accident on me or my clothes. Her politeness is just something she showed me from day one.

    Sun Conures are known for their sweet dispositions and playfulness. Echo is no exception. Most Conures love to take baths. I am starting this one off right by giving her baths often to reinforce that good habit. I am hopping that she will learn to speak some language. So far she does a great job at chattering back at me when I speak to her. Otherwise she stays pretty much quiet unless she needs to tell me she is hungry and needs more formula. You can just see it in Echo's face that this is a very happy bird. I think that Echo is an excellent example of an animal that is willing to work with you if you give them plenty of attention.

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