||Ten years old|
||DeSoto, Texas, USA|
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.