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October 23, 2005

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Contessa, the Pet of the Day
Name: Contessa
Age: 24 years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Red-lored Amazon Parrot
Home: USA
   This is Contessa, she has been in the United States for twenty-four years. Contessa is a wild-caught Amazona autumnalis, a red-lored amazon parrot. I don't know a lot about her past, but I met her in a basement.

    A friend of mine told me about an amazon that needed a home, and I went to visit her. Her owners housed her in a cockatiel cage (she couldn't even spread her wings) and fed her sunflower seeds her whole life. This caused her to gain a lot of weight and have health problems.

    Since she had never been handled and lived in a basement, she didn't have a lot of human interaction. Her owner promised me that Contessa was the meanest, loudest bird she'd ever seen (and she had a lot, up to thirteen at one time). She swore I'd never handle her.

    Two months later, Contessa was eating every healthy food in sight, exercising, and giving me kisses! We now go everywhere together. She lets me kiss her beak and massage her toes. She loves to preen my hair, and takes special care of me and worries when I'm sick. Which is most of the time. I couldn't have asked for a better friend.

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