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Spotlight on Caring--Luigi & Momma Dania
HELLO, SKY here with this Wednesday's Spotlight on Caring, featuring DJ Luigi and his Momma Dania .
SKY: Welcome Luigi and Momma Dania. Please tell us when and how you first became interested in birds.
Momma Dania; I became interested in birds and pets since I was 4 years old! I loved animals and I wasn't afraid of dogs bigger than me. I became interested in birds when I first saw my grandma's Budgie when I was six years old. I played with it everyday until when I was 9 years old, the Budgie died.
SKY: When did you become a bird owner?
Momma Dania; I became a bird owner because I was bullied in school. I always wanted a pet and begged my parents for one. I ended up with two birds because I tricked my parents into getting a coupled bird! My parents got me a pet because I was always lonely at school and didn't have anyone to talk to. So having a pet was like having a friend to talk to.
SKY; How did you learn about BC?
Momma Dania; I joined BC when my friend who owned a budgie named Moby told me about BC and said how it could help me raise my lovebirds.
SKY; Tell us all how you learned how to look after Luigi ( and Angel)? Momma Dania; I learned a lot by talking with my family who have experience with birds and some of my friends.
SKY: Momma Dania, please tell us about Luigi and his former mate Angel.
Momma Dania; Luigi was a juvenile peach-faced lovebird when I bought him and his mate Angel from the bird breeder who breeds lovebirds and budgies. She owns a website called Heartsong aviary. Angel is a peach faced lutino lovebird. She became aggressive when she was 5 months. She was extremely aggressive but with patience and care, she became a loving bird! After her hormonal phase passed, I taught her not to bite. Over time, she was able to step up and go on my shoulder. Luigi on the other hand, was a sweet lovebird. He is really silly and likes to act silly to get my attention. I actually communicated with my birds to ask if they wanted to get out of the cage by bobbing my head up and down and they would respond by getting ready to jump on the door! Throughout the months I had trouble breeding Angel and Luigi at first . I got tips on birdchannel for breeding my birds. After a few tries they got baby birds twice but they sadly didn't make it. I decided to sell Angel because she wanted to continue breeding, so I gave her to a family who rescues birds. She is now with Sunny, a young peach-faced lovebird of 7 months who plucked his feathers when he lost his wife-bird. His wife bird was badly hurt and didnt make it.
SKY: What are your future bird pIans? Momma Dania; One day I will return to my home country Lebanon to start a big aviary and breed Hyacinth macaws. I study about different parrots and hope to be able to help save these endangered beauties.
Sky; thank you Momma Dania & Luigi
with my heart filled with love SKY 224183
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