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October 5, 2003

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Max, the Pet of the Day
Name: Max
Age: 25 years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Umbrella Cockatoo
Home: Minnesota, USA
   Max is special because he came home with me from a rescue organization after being there for nearly two years. His original owners had him for the first 24 years of his life but then gave him up for a new baby cockatoo. As you can imagine, this was an incredibly difficult adjustment for Max, so he went through some frustrating behavior problems such as screaming and aggression. But Max really "clicked" with me when I volunteered at the rescue so I was asked to foster him, and since he's come home with me he's been absolutely wonderful! He no longer screams excessively but now displays typical cockatoo exuberance, particularly at sunset. He has never been aggressive with me, and seems content and just happy to have a family once again. Max is very affectionate and he loves to be petted and scritched on the head. He will even lean his head on my shoulder to let me know when he wants to be petted! Max is also very intelligent and likes to play with a variety of toys. Max has found his forever home with me, and that makes us both happy.

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