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March 17, 2002

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Tiki, the Pet of the Day
Name: Tiki
Age: One and a half years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Pacific Parrotlet
Home: Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
 
   Tiki is my Pacific Parrotlet. He was born on Canada Day last year. I had my pick of three different male parrotlets and Tiki was the most rambunctious of them all. He climbed all over me and it was love after that. He is definitely my baby and boy, is he spoiled. He bites my husband really hard when he tries to put him in his cage, but he just nibbles my ear when he's on my shoulder. When I come home from work, he chirps and cries until I come upstairs and take him out of his cage. Then he refuses to go back into his cage until he has to go to bed. He loves millet and oats and groats. But he likes people food much more. Anytime I am eating he has to come over and sit on the rim of the bowl and chow down (if it's a plate he just wades through). His favorites are granola in the morning, boiled eggs for a snack, corn chips, spaghetti and meat sauce, and lots and lots of cake.

    I have been trying to teach Tiki his name as well as our dog, Koji's name. So far he has only learned Koji. He is so realistic sounding that Koji looks up every time he calls him. He also imitates the sound of pouring water and makes cooing sounds in my ear when he's happy. He hides in my shirt when he's scared or cold. Tiki and Koji have had two run-ins - usually this happens when Tiki hops into Koji's dog dish and tries to eat his kibble.
 

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