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March 13, 2003

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Sunshine James, the Pet of the Day
Name: Sunshine James
Age: Three and a half years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Pied cockatiel
Home: State College, Pennsylvania, USA
   We adopted Sunshine James (a.k.a. Sunny Jim) on Jan. 2, 2000. He was only five months old and he was an absolutely adorable baby. At the pet store, he climbed onto my husband's shoulder and refused to budge. He was one of the few male cockatiels there, thereby making my husband decide that Sunny was the one for us (our family is now composed of two males and two females!).

    Sunny thinks he is a human like us: he eats our food and wants to be involved in everything we do. His favorite foods are cooked rice, bread, and sunflower seeds (which only come from his "daddy"). He also loves spaghetti and pizza, and, when he eats them, his face gets completely covered with the sauce. Sunny is very attached to his "mommy." Although he loves the other members of the family, she is his favorite, and he can spend many hours staring up at her adoringly. He loves head-rubs, but hates baths. Whoever said that cockatiels love baths obviously never met Sunny. He manages to make us feel miserable after his weekly bath by pouting and ignoring us for about three hours. Sunny is truly the center of our lives. We are highly skilled at boring guests with tales of his antics. He enjoys "talking on the phone" with his "daddy," and whenever the telephone rings, he makes sure that we are aware of it by screaming at us. Although he does not say "human words" that are discernable to the average person, he can squawk in ways that let us know that he wants a peanut, a treat, or that he thinks that we are "pretty birds."

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