||31 years old|
||Blue and Gold Macaw|
||Jacksonville, Florida, USA|
is my 31-year-old Blue and Gold Macaw. I was out on Jacksonville
Beach at the ocean with my first macaw, Doogie, when I was approached by a
girl who asked if I wanted another macaw. Her mother had Kayko for thirteen years
until she died and the daughter brought Kayko from Athens, Georgia to
Jacksonville Beach. This girl was far more interested in riding her
motorcycle than caring for her late mother's bird and wanted someone to
spend the kind of time with him that she saw I was doing with Doogie. She
gave him to me when he was twenty. I have had him now for eleven years.
What makes him really special is his first owner was British, and so he has
a British accent and says "Owe Sha Tupp" and "Hell-owe" with a distinctly
British flair. He also positively harmless and would not think of biting
anyone. I take both him and my Scarlet Macaw out to public places and put
Kayko on the arms of total strangers for cell phone pictures. He is
perfectly good and safe with being on the arms of a two year old and every
mother wants a picture of their child with the big blue and yellow bird.
I keep him safely trimmed up so he cannot fly away and especially so he
cannot hurt himself flying into things on the stove or the sliding glass
door like he once did. Kayko routinely looks at people with his head upside
down and they wonder what he is doing. I tell them it is his Stevie Wonder
impersonation. Kayko has easily been on the arms of 5,000 people in the
past year alone, bringing joy to little kids that have never seen or heard
a macaw, let alone had one on their arm.
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