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Loss Of Pet Bird

Get through this difficult moment.

By Nikki Moustaki

How to deal with the tragic loss of a beloved birdA few months ago I woke in the morning to find Jesse, my Meyer’s parrot and friend of 21 years, dead at the bottom of his cage. A year ago, my friend of 16 years, Little Miss Mango, a yellow Fischer’s lovebird whom I had raised from an egg, also died suddenly one afternoon when I wasn’t home.

In both instances I cried inconsolably, carrying the little body around, clutched to my chest, pacing and mumbling to the dead bird, tears streaming down my face: “Why did you die? Please, make this not real. Wake up!” I’ll even admit to shaking them a little in an effort to, I don’t know ... undo death?

 **For the full article, pick up the September 2009 issue of BIRD TALK**

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I accidentally stepped on my parakeet, who was a GREAT talker and loved playing with her little rolling penguin toys. I had her for years and was ALWAYS so careful to watch where she was, while out of her cage. My neighbor came to my house when she heard me screaming and crying. I felt like I had murdered was DEVASTATING! I had to have medication to calm me down and help me sleep. I buried her a year later, after we moved to another state and she was shrouded in my husband's favorite handkerchief. I know the feeling you have experienced. It is hard to convey the deep pain and sorrow over the loss. I have a lilac crowned amazon and a (disabled) green cheek conure. He came to me with a broken win and leg, but he doesn't know it. Take care of yourself. Those are very real feelings and don't let anyone tell you to "get over it." You will do so in your own time and way.
Audrey, Deadwood, SD
Posted: 8/14/2009 1:10:05 PM
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