Pedro the Indian Ring Neck Parrot
by Sonja Eckhart
Pedro is an Indian Ring Neck Parrot, age unknown, and origins unknown. He is leg banded, and is a beautiful green with violet and red ring.
Pedro came to us from a college student who had rescued him from his uncle. The uncle had found Pedro in his cage sitting beside the road. He took Pedro home, but did not know how to take care of an Indian ring neck Parrot, so he just teased and tormented him.
The student took Pedro to his dorm room, but his roommates had ferrets and they wanted to play with him. He was beginning to get nervous and plucking at his feathers. They called me and me and my husband went to pick him up.
We brought him home and he was not really friendly, although he did not try to bite or make a fuss. He would not let me touch him, and retreated to the back of his cage and just sat all day. He would eat his veggies, and his pellets, so I had hopes he would settle in before long.
We have had him for 3 months and although we still cannot touch him, he is now playing with his toys, searching for treats and will talk to me and let me give him a spray bath once a day. I feel he will gradually let me pick him up on my hand and one day will feel comfortable enough to ride on my arm.
Phoenix Landing encouraged my going slowly with him, and soon I hope to get him a friend for company. Even if I never can carry him around, he still adds a lot of joy and beauty to my life.
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