Mourning a companion
by Jeana Fisher
(Portland, Oregon, USA)
My male Blue Front Amazon (Billy, age 10) passed away on the evening 02-07-2012. Signs of distress came on suddenly at which point I took him to the only open vet that would see birds.
After x-rays, he was diagnosed with either cancer or a respiratory infection. We treated for the respiratory infection and I brought him home. He died in my hands later that night; which led the vet to believe it was cancer.
My concern now is for my Blue Front female (Parrot Fawcett, age 33). They have been together for the past 6 years and it’s clear that she misses her companion. I have increased the time she has with us, including more head scratching, singing songs Billy used to sing and overall giving her more attention.
Is there anything else I can do to ease what she’s going through?
PS: I have an appointment schedule with an avian vet next week to give her a full check up.