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June 21, 2007

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Maximillian, the Pet of the Day
Name: Maximillian
Age: Seven years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Timneh African grey
Home: Michigan, USA
   Maximillian (Max for short) is a seven-year-old Timneh African grey parrot. He lives with me and my husband in northern Michigan. Max came to me as a four-week-old baby, whom I finished hand-feeding. I had raised Congo greys, but had never raised a Timneh, and let me tell you, what extraordinary personalities they have!

    Max is such a joy. He has a vocabulary of at least 200 words, although it is hard to keep track because he is always mixing up words to make new sentences. He loves his toes...he will kiss his toes on command. He will hold up his foot and say, "Birdy toes!" And he doesn't just mimic...everyone who knows him is fully convinced he knows what he is saying. For example, one day he flew out on to the kitchen counter, a place he knows full well he is not supposed to be. I heard him fly, walked out into the kitchen, put my hands on my hips, and said "Max!" He immediately replied, "You're not supposed to be here!" When he hears my husband John in the kitchen in the morning, he says, "Breakfast with Johnny?" When I change his water (he dunks his food in it and I change it several times a day), he will say, "Gross!" and then "Fresh water?" and then "Thank you!" My friends all tell me that, while they love to see me, they really come to see Max! He is becoming well known, and people who have seen and heard him tell stories far and wide. He is my little darling (he says that too ... "My darling!")

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