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August 8, 2011

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Iris, the Pet of the Day
Name: Iris
Age: Eleven years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Blue Hyacinth Macaw
Home: Bloomington, Minnesota, USA
 
   Meet Iris, my eleven-year-old Hyacinth Macaw. She is the sweetest, most well-behaved bird I know. I got Iris when she was just a baby, and it was love at first sight for me. I researched about Macaws, and started training her. After all that, she became my best friend. She now trusts me, and we do everything together. I still don't know how she even ended up in Minnesota, since they aren't common around here. Iris has learned many things, I taught her how to say simple things like "Hello" and "Hi there". She even picked up on other words and can say "I want my food" and she says "Good morning" to me pretty much every morning. She's slowly learning a game I'm trying to teach her too. Iris loves to perch on my shoulder and go about my day with me, she sits on the table when I'm eating, and she eats with me. She watches T.V with me, she reads with me and more.

    I built her a ladder in my room, so every morning she walks down it and sits on the chair beside my bed waiting for me to wake up. She never used to be good at flying, because one of her wings was in very bad condition for a long time. It healed, and she's started flying. But because she grew up having to walk, she flies sometimes but she mostly walks around the house unless she really wants to get to me. She's developed such a bond with me that like most birds, she won't fly away when I let her outside or even try to. She doesn't even go to sleep until I tell her I'm going to, also.

   I've had eleven wonderful years with her, and I hope for many more.

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