Perfect Lady......To me.

by Cheyan
(Craig, Colorado)

Zebbie The Blue Front Amazon

Zebbie The Blue Front Amazon

My mother and I run a pet store in a small town of about eleven thousand, and out of the four pet stores in our small town, we have the widest variety of snakes, lizards, small animals, and of course, birds. We carry over 19 different kinds, but my story today is of our newest family addition, Zebbie.
Zebbie is a 5 year old Blue Front Amazon, and came in with some troubles. She was strongly bonded to an African Grey, who died a month or two before we received Zebbie. She was absolutely devastated, and her owners felt that they couldn't take care of her anymore, for she took her friend's death very unwell. When she came in, she would not touch her food, or let anyone near her. Yet I sat persistently next to her cage, talking to her soothingly. She finally opened up just a little, and would take my finger or thumb into her mouth and play with it. It took me about another week before I could touch her at all.
We have formed a very loving bond, and she shows me in many ways. When she does not want my mom to play with her, she bites at her, and gets very aggressive with it. However, when I play with her when she's not quite in the mood, she'll push her beak against my hand, and gently push my away several times before growling at me and snapping her beak at me. She has not used her beak to push anyone else away. When I sit down and talk to her, she walks all the way around her cage to come to me, and makes others chase her down. She whispers soft words at me, but not to anyone else. When I scratch her beak, she'll turn her head so my fingers are against her cheek, indicating that she would like me to scratch and rub her cheek and as well as her neck. Since she has been in our pet store, she had been a perfect lady to me, ever so gentle and sweet. But not so much to other people. I'm really trying to convince my mother to let me Keep Zebbie, as a Christmas present since my birthday has already past, because my heart hsa just melted away since I've bonded with Zebbie.

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May 27, 2010
Perfect Lady......To me.
by: Linda

Yours is a wonderful story, and it is good to hear from people who really care about the parrots. The only thing I DID NOT HEAR was what the Avian Vet had to say about her. Since she was in a home with another parrot who died, it will be wise to have her checked out by an Avian Vet as soon as is possible. The truth of the matter is unless you KNOW what the other bird died from, you could be putting all your other birds in your store at risk with this one bird.Bacterial and Viral infections are highly contageous to the point of killing entire aviaries of birds at a time, so do not delay her exam and testing.

Make an appointment and have her checked out thoroughly. Sounds like the other people were not interested in taking either of them to an Avian vet nor finding out what killed the Grey.

Your story is beautiful, and I'm moved by it, BUT I have to say that practical matters like a trip to the Avian Vet really need to be taken care of for her safety as well as for all your other birds.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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