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August 19, 2002

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Chris, the Pet of the Day
Name: Chris
Age: Three years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Lesser Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
Home: Malacca, Malaysia
   This gorgeous bird came to me on Christmas Day two years ago so I named him Chris. He is a flight bird because I dread to sacrifice his spectacular golden feathers hidden beneath his ivory white coat. Chris is incredibly mischievous and curious yet at the same time extremely tame and tolerant. Not only is he a good buddy to me but also great with children. And he is not afraid of strangers at all. In fact, he likes to show off with his delightful little dance to the audience.

    Chris is not as vocal compared to most cockatoos. However, he always says hello repeatedly and clearly to plead for attention. And often, he loves a good scratch underneath his wings. He also gets great pleasure from having his head caressed and that makes him looks so lovable. Everyone just goes "Ah" whenever he does that. Chris loves standing on my shoulders and wants to participate in everything I do. His busybody personality makes him an adorable little clown. Believes it or not, he actually likes the taste of hot chilli peppers. In addition, Chris likes a bite of nectar of orchids. Living in Malaysia, Chris acquires the taste of a rambutan, a local fruit, which flavour and texture are the reminiscences of a fresh sweet lychee. The one comical practice he has is to dump the food bowl after he finishes his meals. It is as though he is announcing that he's accomplished something great!

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