Friday, July 28, 2006

An Ode to Chipwich

I went to the pet store this afternoon intending to buy some more food for my fish. After picking out the right pellets, I followed the squeals and chirps to the bird section and fell in love at first sight with an umbrella cockatoo. I looked up at him and he immediately ruffled his feathers up for me. Then he jumped back and forth and up and down and ran around his cage a few times showing off. The best was when he stood in one place and shook his booty to the music (Rolling Stones). The whole time, of course, he was staring at me as attentively as I was staring at him.
Someone working there took him out and held him so I could pet him. Eventually, when we were comfortable with each other, I took him from her. We cuddled. He scratched my hand. He walked up my arm. He tried biting my shirt a couple of times. I babytalked him. It was love, I tell you, LOVE. Now all I need is a $1650 donation so I can purchase him. Anyone? Anyone?
This isn't my bird, but this one is almost as cute as Chipwich (that's what I named him).

5 original thoughts out there

Anonymous brown eyed girl said...

if you want, you can have my sister's cockateil for free.

trust me, they're all the same when it comes down to it.

Friday, July 28, 2006 7:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know how the internet works. Post some suggestive photos on myspace, and I guarantee you that several middle-aged white guys in their mother's basements will send you the money for Chipwich.

Ends justify the means! Chipwich will have a loving family!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006 1:49:00 PM  
Blogger XVI (R) - NY said...

From Wiki:

Umbrella Cockatoos as Pet birds

Hand reared umbrella cockatoos can make good pets, as they are sociable, intelligent and they can learn tricks and be trained. They can imitate human speech, but generally they are not good talkers. However, they can destroy furniture with their powerful beaks, they can make a lot of loud noise and they demand a lot of care and attention. Their droppings are quite large and semisolid and can be messy. Umbrella cockatoos as pets need so much care and attention, and can be so destructive and expensive to keep, that some pet birds are often passed from one owner to the next. Even hand reared cockatoos however are not really domesticated. And even the sweetest cockatoo can seriously bite and injure a person without provocation. They require the largest cage available at least 3' x 3' x5' and need to be out of their cage as much as possible. They are not an easy pet to keep and require a lot of time, devotion and understanding from their caregivers.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006 2:23:00 PM  
Blogger BrownsvilleGirl said...

Now that you mention it, I do still have that love scar he gave me with his nail...

Thursday, August 03, 2006 10:27:00 AM  
Blogger Christopher said...

Hey, let me tell you something -right now-. The bird you saw in that store is nothing like any bird I have ever met in life. The two cockatiels my family has owned were both little demonspawns who delighted in biting the daylights out of me every time I attempted to feed or touch them. Some people are just good with birds I guess.

Monday, August 07, 2006 10:34:00 PM  

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