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April 28, 2005

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Joy, the Pet of the Day
Name: Joy
Age: Ten years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Umbrella Cockatoo
Home: DeSoto, Texas, USA
   This is Joy. Joy is a very large, very expressive Umbrella Cockatoo. He has the rare special ability of instigating communication, not just mimicking. My husband was singing the theme song to the show Cops - but instead of "bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do" he sang "bad Joy, bad Joy whatcha gonna do?" Joy informed him that "Joy's a good bird!" When going from the bird house to an outside cage one day, he leaned into me and said (with a shiver in his voice), "Joy cold."

    Joy lives in a bird house with other birds whom he loves to talk to all day. He loves to comment on the "little birds". With his head, he'll motion a person over to his cage, then lean close and proceed to whisper the biggest secret... then throw his head back like it's the funniest thing he's ever heard. It's not uncommon for him to laugh and laugh when he see someone stumble or bump into something. He has commented that our Chihuahuas "look good," so we keep him away from them - that beak is strong! His bird house is wired with cable TV and his favorite show is Animal Planet. He also loves to sing along to the Wizard of Oz. There is never a dull moment for us, as well as the surrounding three blocks in our neighborhood, when Joy is up and about.

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