||Five years old|
||Green Cheeked Conure|
name is Tu-ki. My mom and dad found me in a "not so good" pet store
about five years ago. I had a terrible start in life. My lower mandible
(beak) was torn off by a big macaw when I was being shipped to the pet
store from the aviary where I was hatched. I was only a few weeks old.
The dummies put me in a carrier with birds way bigger than me. Was I
scared!! It really hurt too. I thought I was not going to find a new
home or that no one would want me because I looked so different. Because
I could not eat properly I was really very underweight and my health
was not great. The day mom found me I guess I must have looked very
scared because she wanted to hold me.
It was love at first sight. She did not care if I looked different. It
felt good having my feathers stroked and my head scratched. I came home
with her and she took me to an avian vet. I'm really healthy now. I'm
eating great too. Mom bakes and cooks and chops for me. I talk almost
as well as a real kid. Mom's says I'm a child hiding in a green
feathered suit. I now have a 'sister' who is a Half Moon Conure. She
came to live with us last year. If you see a bird or any other pet that
might look a little 'funny,' don't pass us by. We're really very special
and will give you lots of love and kisses and make your life very rewarding.