||Fourteen years old|
||Eastern Long-billed Corella|
is Cocky ... I know it's an uninspired name, but we always intended
for him to be released after being weaned from the nest, so he never
really got a proper name so as to avoid us getting too attached to him.
Unfortunately, even with standard precautions, it failed to work the other
way, and he imprinted on my sister's voice. A few hours after he was let
go, she was surprised to find him waiting at her door at the wildlife
shelter where she worked. So we adopted him and he adopted the name.
Now a teenager, he's far too cheeky, far too curious and far too clever
for his own good! Especially now that he has discovered Skype!
Cocky is incredibly clever and playful and needs a lot of intellectual
stimulation, however given the chance he prefers physical activities. His
favorite game is catch ... a high perch and a small rubber ball can
entertain him for hours as he catches, throws and laughs along. But he is
just as much at home play-fighting, investigating the backyard, playing
peek-a-boo or being a sticky beak. He also has his affectionate moments
though, and he loves cuddling up to a leg or hand and politely asking for
a scratch. In English, with gestures pointing out the exact spot. He's a
very special bird.
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