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September 21, 2002

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Gonzo, the Pet of the Day
Name: Gonzo
Age: Sixteen weeks old
Gender: Male
Kind: Patagonian Conure
Home: South Africa
   This is Gonzo. I've only had him for a little while, but already he's made a name for himself in my menagerie of pets. He's playing dead here (actually fast asleep after snacking on some potato chips) and complains bitterly if you try and wake him up.

    Gonzo is now about sixteen weeks. I've been watching him grow at the pet shop since he was about seven weeks old and finally after what was almost daily visits, I brought him home. First thing I did was give him a good bath and in no time he was like a new bird - clean and excited to meet his new room mate, Listerine (a ringneck). The two are now best of friends and are almost inseparable. I'm hoping to teach Gonzo how to talk. He's already a great 'watch dog' and alerts me to people entering my room when I'm asleep and squawks loudly at things he has never seen before, endearing him to the whole family.

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