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Announcing 2010 winner of "Be My Valentine."

Djimo, a Senegal parrot
2010 Be My Valentine Winner
Senegal Parrot

Djimo came to live with me about four years ago. He had been anonymously dropped off at the wild bird sanctuary where I volunteer and we had no information about him at all. It was obvious that he preferred women to men, but he was jumpy and uneasy in just about every situation. I decided to bring him home after a bit of coaxing by the Sanctuary staff. We had a very rocky start. He was often frightened and easily upset. He bit if you approached him too quickly and did not like my husband at all. But time is a great healer. . .Djimo needed a safe home with someone who was loving and patient, which I always tried to be with him. Now, he is a different bird - he's my cuddle boy!! Every morning at 5 a.m. I get him and his cagemate, Sage, and the 3 of us snuggle under a blanket on the recliner and have a wonderful sleep together. We often spend a lot of time cuddling together under a blanket in the evening after dinner and Djimo leans the point of his beak against my face and closes his eyes. He professes to be a "pretty bird!" and then laughs while we laugh with him. For all the joy he brings me now, and for deciding that I was HIS valentine, Djimo is now my special guy!

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