||Nineteen years old|
name is Schmang and I have had a pretty exciting life in my nineteen years.
I was hatched in 1986 in Kansas during the time of big hair and leg
warmers. In 1992, I moved with my Human to California. I rode all the
way there under an airplane seat, and I made cockatiel noises for 2000
miles. Everyone on the plane wanted to see me and marvel at my beautiful
feathers. In 1994, I was in the Northridge earthquake, which my Human
swears I heard coming. Fortunately, my cage was fine, but our apartment
was badly damaged. I had to move with my Human to a new home.
For years everybody thought I was a boy, because of my bright cheeks and
the fact that I never laid an egg. When I was seventeen, I became extremely
ill. I had old eggs inside by body that my Bird Doctor had to remove. He
saved my life! Two months ago, I became very ill again. I have ovarian
cancer, and my Bird Doctor had to do another operation on me. I'm
feeling much better now, but I have to take hormone shots to keep
another tumor from growing.
I love playing on my toy shelf, eating bird pellets and assorted treats,
and having my head scratched. Although I've never spoken in Human
language, everybody seems to understand what I want. I'm looking forward
to my vacation in Santa Barbara and to my 20th birthday party this spring.