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Parrot on Prozac

parrot  George’s owner died and he went into such a depression he would just sit bobbing his head all day and pulling his feathers out.  A medication similar to Prozac seems to be helping him to cope.  Awww.  Poor George.  I have a soft spot in my heart for the birds.  But take a look at that beak.  It could take your finger off.  And I think they all bite at some point.  Notice the towel and the way he’s holding his head.  And is he wearing gloves?  I can’t tell.  I’m afraid it will be difficult for George to adjust to a new owner.   

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1087757/Parrot-traumatised-owners-death-needs-Prozac-cope.html

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Parrot Helped Save Little Girl’s Life (Update)

A babysitter’s parrot is being credited with helping save the life of a 2-year-old girl who was choking Friday at a Denver area home while the sitter was in the bathroom.

willieparrot Here’s Willie

“While I was in the bathroom, Willie, (a Quaker Parrot) started screaming like I’d never heard him scream before and he started flapping his wings,” said Meagan, the babysitter. “Then he started saying ‘mama baby’ over and over and over again until I came out and looked at Hannah and Hannah’s face was turning blue because she was choking on her pop tart.”

Meagan performed the Heimlich maneuver on Hannah, which stopped the choking.

“If Willie had not warned me, I probably wouldn’t have come out of the bathroom in time because she was already turning blue, her lips were blue and everything,” Meagan said.

“If anything happened to her, I don’t know what I would do,” said Samantha Kuusk, Hannah’s mother. “I’m very grateful for the both of them because they both saved her.”

UPDATE:  On last Friday, Willie got the local Red Cross chapters’ Animal Lifesaver Award during a “Breakfast of Champions” event which  was attended by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.

These little Quaker parrots don’t usually get the credit they deserve.  They are very intelligent and have loads of personality, displaying a wide range of “emotions” from happy, singing, dancing, and, of course, mad as a hornet.  So I don’t doubt this story at all.  Mine notices anything that is out of the ordinary.  And the words she says are so appropriate to the situation.  For example, you start sweeping or cleaning out the cage, and it’s, “What’cha doing?” or “Thank you” when you give her a treat.

Posted:  11.11.08  Updated:  03.24.09

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Way Too Many “Monkeybirds”

I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw this article in today’s paper about the problem they are having with escaped Monk parakeets/parrots aka Quakers. Researchers think they have devised a way to give them birth control because they are multipling fast and are a nuisance because they build their nests on top of electrical utility structures.   But you can just look into the beady eye of this bird and tell that he thinks YOU are the one who is a nuisance.

 My Quaker is  “a low class bird” because he cost very little when compared with other parrots.  I bought him when he was a baby and named him Monkeybird.  I taught him to say several things, among them, “What a good boy.”  That was before he started laying about six eggs every three months.  I can see how they may increase in number pretty fast!

“It wasn’t until the early 1990s, most notably after Hurricane Andrew, that the birds’ habitat preference became a problem, said Jim Lindsay, a principal biologist with Florida Power & Light.”

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20080719/NEWS/121332929/1105/NEWS&title=Parakeet_population_causing_problem_for_power_companies

Posted:  07.19.08

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