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March 28, 2005

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Chula, the Pet of the Day
Name: Chula
Age: Nine years old
Gender: Male
Kind: African Grey Congo Parrot
Home: Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii
   This is Chula, my African Grey Congo parrot. Isn't he the most handsome bird! I adopted him two years ago from a woman who could not handle him because he did not like her husband and would bite her when he was in the room. It was sad, because Chula was obviously very devoted to her. He had other previous owners, and I think he was mistreated by a man, because when I got him, he was terrified of men and children, and would growl and puff up if they were anywhere near him. (This is how he got one of his nicknames, Puff Daddy).

    Anyway, I walked into the bird store where he was on consignment, and he practically jumped into my arms. He would give me kisses, and would beg to come to me. I tell people he picked me out instead of the other way around. I have spent a lot of time getting him socialized with all people, and now he does not freak out anymore when there are men or kids around.

    I have had him for three years now, and I love him so much. He is such a character, and so smart. He isn't a big talker, but does say, "Mama's gotta go bye bye, Momma's gotta go to work, Adios, Hi Bird, Hi Chula, What are you doing, S'ko! (short for let's go!) corn, store and shower". He loves to hang out on the shower door. He loves to whistle and makes the sounds of the wild mynah birds here, as well as kissing sounds and the wolf whistle. He perfectly imitates my Amazon parrot's sounds. He taps his beak against the wall like someone knocking on the door, and dances by bobbing his head up and down as he walks. We are working on the Mayberry RFD song, but he has his own version which is a riot.

    When I got Chula, I promised he would never have to go to another home again, that he would be with me forever. I cannot imagine life without my little buddy. We are very devoted to each other, and I hope we are together for a long time.

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