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September 11, 2002

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Spartacus, Idefix, the Pet of the Day
Name: Spartacus, Idefix
Age: One, Five years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Bronze Wing Pionus, Sulfur Crested Cockatoo
Home: Arizona, USA
   The little bluish guy with the horn colored beak is Spartacus, a Bronze Wing Pionus. He is about one year old. The white poof ball is Idefix, a Medium Sulfur Crested Cockatoo. Though they look quite different on the surface, they have much in common. Both enjoy human company, especially if said human company comes bearing gifts such as almonds or walnuts! Idefix particularly craves cuddles; lack of physical attention will result in one foot being brought up to the neck to fluff his own feathers with the most soulful "I am so neglected" look that would certainly garner an Oscar if parrots could be nominated.

    Spartacus and Idefix enjoy a variety of food: plenty of fruits and veggies, legume mixtures, pellets and whole grain cereals and any healthy table foods. They will help themselves to my plate if I forget to offer them their own portion. And for the budding artists, the messier the food the better! Plain white walls are excellent canvasses for grape and orange pulp and pasta with tomato sauce! I do believe they hold an Avian Olympic event to see who can fling a juicy morsel the farthest. The winner gets to strut with pride an watch Mom clean up the mess.

    Both think soft woods and paper products are great! Any toys, furniture or bills will do! How many of you have had to request a new bill from a utility company because said bill and envelope now met top secret disposal procedures? Shredded into such small pieces that even the most dedicated spy would pass on the opportunity to glue it all back together. Spartacus and Idefix are great companions and dull moments are rare at their house!

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