||Seventeen years old|
Morris! Senegal parrots are often called "a large parrot in a small
package." This summer he will turn 18 years old and he has been my life
companion for nine years. We live in Stockholm, Sweden. This means he
can only be outdoors in the summertime, he seems to enjoy life anyway.
Morris is special to me because he is my first parrot. He has a great
personality, and is very affectionate. He is a beloved member of my
family. I've had several pets, and other birds before. They are all
individuals. I believe animals are more intelligent than most people
One summer I took care of pets when their humans went on vacation.
Morris owner told me I could "adopt" him! She was just beginning her
work as a veterinarian, and didn't have the time caring for a parrot. At
first I was in doubt because he can be a mean little rascal to
strangers. After a few months Morris and I were completely bonded to
each other. He has got his parrot habits, needs and "humour," for
example when he imitates the alarm clock on early weekend mornings ...
sigh. He actually laughs! Like most Senegals he loves having a shower.
He is very self-confident and will dominate cats, dogs and larger
parrots. Sometimes he is a little too brave... His
bird-company/neighbors are three young budgies and a cockatiel. When he
is excited he will go jumping on the floor, or turn a somersault. He is
like a child that never grows up. He is a great joy in my life!