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April 2, 2006

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Chilli, the Pet of the Day
Name: Chilli
Age: Six months old
Gender: Female
Kind: Senegal Parrot
Home: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
   I got Chilli last November She was hand-reared, and was originally bought as a companion bird for someone else. Turned out, though, that the bird she was supposed to keep company, didn't like her! I had originally decided that I wanted a Senegal parrot, so when Chilli became available, I jumped at the opportunity. I haven't looked back since.

    She is the sweetest little thing in the world. She love kisses, hugs and Rooibos tea! She also enjoys riding on my shoulder, preening my hair and chewing my earlobes (which makes them all red). She loves watching DVD's with me, sitting on my shoulder and eating popcorn. One of her toes on her left foot doesn't have a nail, and she often chews on it, probably thinking, 'I know there should be nail on this toe...'. But that's just one of the little things that makes her so endearing.

    Whenever I let her out of her cage, she rushes to the top, and I grab her between my hands and kiss her! She absolutely loves that. She purrs and squeaks and kisses me right back!

    I am living on my own, so having Chilli really brightens up my day and she keeps me company, even when she's just sitting on her cage. I have a large hexagonal goldfish tank that's very close to Chilli's cage. Often, she loves to sit on her cage and stare at the fish. She even talks to them! At least I know she's got company when I'm at work - she especially likes the large goldfish.

    How did Chilli get her name? Well, when I got her, I bought very expensive parrot food that had dried red chilli's in it. She loved those. So, whenever she ate one of the chilli's, she would give me a kiss on my mouth, and my lips would burn terribly! She really enjoyed watching me rush to the bathroom to rinse my mouth with cold water. So that's how she got her name.

    Chilli's my best friend, and knows when I'm happy or sad. She's not quiet like the experts say. But, I live in an apartment block, and no-one has complained. So it can't be that bad.

   I really love her!

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