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January 2, 2008

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Sunniva, the Pet of the Day
Name: Sunniva
Age: Three years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Green Wing Macaw
Home: San Jose, California, USA
   This is Sunniva (Sunni for short...Brat for shorter). She turned three years on August 2, 2008. My wife and I first met Sunni when she and her brother were eggs. We'd make the trip from the San Francisco Bay Area to my wife's mother's home in Orville California. She's a breeder and had a couple of macaws getting friendly. As the time when on, we'd visit and Sunni went from being a small lump of nothing no bigger than my little finger to a chirping and honking chick the size of a Cornish game hen. In fact, before we settled on a name I called her Corny much to the vocal disapproval of wife, mother in law and sister in law. When we were finally able to bring the little feather butt home with us, Sunni was the size of a small pigeon and was able to walk.

    After several months, as her feathers replaced her downy fluff, Sunni started to experiment with flight. Once airborne, nothing in the house was safe from her curious mind. We've hung various ropes around the house but her favorite is the one in the picture. She spends hours swinging on this rope that sits in a short hallway between our living room and the kitchen. Everybody who passes her must pay the "troll" a toll of what ever we may be eating or at the very least, a rub on the head.

    Sunniva rules the roost at home. She's our little princess and we are looking forward to many many more years of her special magic. By the way, for those curious about her name, it's Old English and means Sun Gift. She certainly has been a gift to our family.

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