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November 9, 2006

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Pippin, the Pet of the Day
Name: Pippin
Age: One year old
Gender: Male
Kind: Pacific Green Parrotlet
Home: Fernandina Beach, Florida, USA
   Hello! My name is Peregrine T. Parrotlet, but everyone calls me Pippin, Pipster, or Pipsqueak. I came to live with my family when I was five weeks old and had just been weaned from hand feedings to millet. For a very little bird, I have a huge appetite. I've never met a fruit or vegetable I didn't like, but my favorites are strawberries, cherry tomatoes, and zucchini. When I'm not eating (which is my favorite thing to do), I love climbing all over my cage, playing with my toys, and practicing my birdie chatter.

    My mom keeps hoping I'll start talking soon, but I just don't have anything important to say yet. In the meantime, I can do a great imitation of the beeping sound the microwave makes, and I've learned to chirp just like the birds do outside my window.

    My big news, though, is that I have a girlfriend!! She's a beautiful orange and blue swing that my mom made for me. I wiggleneck for her and do some of my best acrobatics to impress her. Since I started courting her a couple of weeks ago, I haven't been too interested in leaving my cage to play with Mom and Dad. Once in a while though, I'll come out just to make Mom happy. This picture was taken on one of those outings when I came out to play "drop the spoon" on the kitchen counter. I love the sound it makes.

    I love music and will usually stop whatever I'm doing when I hear it start to play. My favorite song is Brahm's Lullaby. My mom plays it for me every night at 8:00 when it's time to go to sleep. I know when I hear that song, it's time to climb into my cozy nest or onto my favorite perch, do a little preening, then wait for the cover to go on the cage and to hear Mom say "G'night little bird."

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