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January 17, 2002

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JB, the Pet of the Day
Name: JB
Age: Three years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Scarlet Macaw
Home: Jackson, Mississippi, USA
   My bird is JB, a Scarlet Macaw. He is three years old and he is very special. I adopted him when I learned that a woman who raised birds had died and her family was trying to sell and find homes for all the birds. They were able to sell the breeding pairs but JB was different. As a baby he had accidentally been damaged by disinfectant in an incubator. His little claws were drawn up like he had severe arthritis. Because fo his slight handicap, he could not be sold and if they could not find a good home, he would have to be put down. At first he looked sad and was under stress and neglected. But believe me, now he doesn't know any difference. He walks, can't fly and he can only perch on flat surfaces or cling to his wire cage. But he moves pretty quickly and gives sugar and laughs like me. He is the mascot of the No Coast Parrot Head Club, the official Jimmy Buffett Fan Club of Jackson, Mississippi, and he really loves Buffet music (of course). He goes to monthly meetings and has a blast.

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