||Twelve years old|
||El Paso, Texas, USA|
don't tell my other birds, but Sprite will always be my
favorite! She is also the first parrot I have ever owned. Sprite was
purchased (rescued) for $60 from a hole-in-the-wall pet store in June
1990, where she was kept in a tiny cage. Life for her has only
improved ever since! I put her in a bigger cage and fed her fruits,
veggies and human food. I tried to pet her every day and succeeded
after five weeks. I was late for work that day, I can tell you! Sprite
spoke her first words, "Come here," eight months later,
again making me quite late for work.
Sprite practices "civil disobedience" - when it is time for
her to go in her cage she refuses to get on my finger, stretches her
little body horizontal and begs to be petted. Sprite can also say
"okay," "parrot," "pretty pretty
parrot," "g'bye" and "Gimme a cookie cookie
cookie." When she knows she is being bad (which is often), she
says "bad, bad parrot" before I can even open my mouth! She
makes fun of me by making a slurping sound whenever I am about to take
a drink. She also gives kisses (complete with sound effects and
pecking motion) on command, and says "tickle, tickle" when I
scratch her belly. Sprite can complete a word - If I say
"PAR-" she shouts "-ROT!"
Sprite plays soccer with a ping-pong ball (my fingers form the
opposing team). She also attacks her coke can and chases it across the
floor, and she loves to chew up cloth and hide in cardboard boxes. She
has the most personality of any bird or other pet I have ever seen.
Sprite's favorite food is meat out of a hamburger. Take one look at
this little carnivore, and tell me she's not the direct descendant of
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