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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Apples Will Roll

By Laura Doering
Join in on Laura's fun and experiences of bird ownership, and share in her adventures as the editor of BIRD TALK, the world’s most widely read pet bird magazine, in Wayward Feathers

It was overcast and rainy this morning, so I thought the birds would love to join me in the shower. I perched Ollie on one hand, Gracie, my ‘tiel, perched on the other, and Mazie my houseguest ‘tiel on my shoulder and headed for the bathroom. I must not have been quite awake because I brushed the end table with the fruit basket, causing an apple to roll out and onto the floor. A light thud and pandemonium ensued; three fully flighted birds took off like bats out of hell.

I know their reaction fits the classical “flight response” (being prey, birds are always sensing things from an “Oh my gosh, what was that?!” perspective). But I also have another pet that is a classic prey animal; my rabbit, Mr. Buns. Now Mr. Buns’ reaction to the apple wasn’t “run for cover.” As soon as the apple thumped the hardwood, he was at my feet, sniffing out potential breakfast. I suppose rabbits think more with their stomachs … eat now, ask questions later.

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Thats great I bet they had a awesome time.
Barbie, Rancho Cordova, CA
Posted: 12/21/2009 6:07:53 PM
I guess that makes us Humans much closer to Rabbits from an evolutionary perspective!
David, Buffalo Grove, IL
Posted: 10/15/2009 7:35:34 PM
I think that I've walked in these shoes before. With a B&G and a U2 we march to the shower each morning. Now this is play time as well and when the B&G gets spooked he leaps off of the shower curtain rod and crash dives clearing off the counter top on the other side of the room. I'm constantly amazed at how far my B&G can fly with well clipped wings. Each time he cuddles close like never before and the U2 proudly mocks him from the shower curtain rod.
Charles, Orlando, FL
Posted: 10/15/2009 11:50:13 AM
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