||Three years old|
||Solomon Island Eclectus Parrot|
||Rockwall, Texas, USA|
joined my boyfriend and my's family through a series of crazy
circumstances, that lined up just right to bring him home only a couple days
after meeting him. He's a beautiful bird, and even though he's showing some
down feathers and sporting a couple of bald spots on his back, he's on the
road to a happy, stress-free life. Parrots are extremely sensitive,
emotionally and nutritionally, and too much stress or vitamin deficiency can
cause feather plucking, a behavior in which a parrot will actually pull and
mutilate their own feathers. Luckily his case was not severe, and he seems to
have stopped now that he's in a nice quiet home.
When I met Yoshi he was in an 18" X 18" (46 cm x 46 cm) cage (which is tiny for a bird his
size!!), eating nothing but seed mix and in a small, cramped room filled with
other loud birds. I immediately fell in love with him even though he was so
scared of me, just because I was a human. He now is in a huge cage, a mansion
compared to what he used to live in, receives a variety of fresh and cooked
foods daily, and is fantastic company to all parts of the family. He watches
the dogs play, chatters with the humans that come and go, and though he'd
rather not be touched (at least for now), he still seeks out our attention
with his silly sounds.
I'm absolutely thrilled to have added him to our family, and though we still
have very much to learn about each other, we both have quite long lives ahead
of us to do plenty of bonding and teaching.
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