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May 31, 2005

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Einstein, the Pet of the Day
Name: Einstein
Age: Nine years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Senegal Parrot
Home: Scotch Plains, New Jersey, USA
   Einstein was born in Florida and lives in Scotch Plains, NJ with his human companions and nine other birds. Einstein and I met at a Parrot Sanctuary where he was put up for adoption by a family who could no longer care for him. He had been living in Connecticut. Einstein (Steinman as he is affectionately called) loves to cuddle and be in the middle of whatever is going on. He loves to laugh (he learned this somewhere in his travels) and to make noises--He whistles, imitates the microwave beeps, the garbage truck backing up (Beep! Beep! Beep!), zipper sounds, squeaky doors, other bird calls, jungle sounds (he learned from his parents), and he talks a little too. He meows every morning and purrs when cuddling (Senegal Parrots naturally purr, but the meowing he learned). About two years ago he pulled the dial off of the kitchen stove (another story altogether what he was doing there) and despite diligent efforts to find it, it wasn't to be found. Recently, while packing to move, we found the silly thing--he somehow hid it under the refrigerator. Einstein is allowed to fly around the house out of his cage under supervision. He loves to fly. The picture above was taken when he was caught in the act of pushing an empty candle holder off the windowsill. He is a mischievous little guy. He enjoys eating grapes (with pits), pasta, and fig newtons, which he dunks before eating. His other nickname is "little duck" as he loves taking a shower so much that he often doesn't want to come out of the water. He is a very special bird and much loved by his flock and family.

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