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Date:9/16/2014 9:25:48 AM
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Hey Bindi~Boo
Pico tells me you're doin' okay, which is good news to me. I was wonderin' the other day if you ever manage to slip out of your cage and fly around the house free, like a bird. To think that you used t'do that outside... wow. The memories you must have about flyin' 'round the neighborhood, zoomin' here, zoomin' there; they must be awesome. But then, memories about bein' hungry and scared might overshadow those fun recollections. Now that you've got a food dish that's never empty, maybe it's easy t'remember the good parts about bein' a WILD bird there for awhile.

I told Pico I had a story about a McKeet t'tell you. Actually, it's more like a report than a story, but anyway, here it is. Last week a distraught keet was heard to be soundin' some sort of alarm so mom hurried into the Little Bird Rm t'see what was happening. She discovered one of the older guys in the group on the floor and acting confused. When she leaned down t'check him out, he didn't move, even when a finger was pressed up against his chest. Now Doc has never stepped up for mom; he's about as wild as you were when you were out in the yard, but that day he stepped up and stayed put. This was a sure sign that somethin' wasn't quite right with him. Turns out, he'd lost his vision. A finger could be put right up to his face and he wouldn't move, not until the finger touched him, and then he'd squawk like crazy. The poor guy was tucked into a hospital cage as we call the small unit used in emergencies. Doc's bumping along the walls and into the food and water dishes confirmed that he was not able t'see. A close eye was kept on him as he adjusted to his altered status. Within a short time he was drinking and eating which was reassuring. The real surprise came when he willing stepped up on mom's finger if he happened to bump into it while mom was tending something in his cage. Once on her hand, he'd shuffle up her arm and perch on her shoulder, sometimes under her hair, sometimes under her collar. Getting him to step off was almost impossible! There were times he actually had to be "scraped" off the finger he was clinging to. This went on for four days and then the other day he flew off his shoulder perch and semi-clumsily landed on one of the many hanging branches in the room. Apparently his eye-sight had returned a bit! Today he was flying around pretty much like he always has though there's still some obvious guessing about just where the branches are. One thing's for sure though; he doesn't feel the need to step up for mom anymore. He's back to be our wild guy, but mom says she'll cherish the memory of his tiny little feet clinging to her finger; it reminded her of the days TURK was here with us and happily perched with mom.

Okay, end of the story. Or the report, whatever it is. Oh! I should post a pic of Doc. I know one was recently taken. I'll let ya know when I get that accomplished.

(little hug) for you, Bindi. It's got BIG LOVE in it
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