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My wife and I were volunteering at a Lorikeet feeding station when we first met "BabyGirl," (renamed this year after having a DNA sexing test performed). He was just about a year old, and he took a fancy to me. I would spend my entire time in the aviary with him, with exception to when he left me to potty, but he'd come right back. He laid claim to me, no other bird could land on me without him chasing them off.
When it was time for me to go, he would plaster himself against the wire with his wings spread, calling for me to come back. At the start of my shift, I would call from the parking lot, and I could see him plastered at the top of the aviary, Happily squealing in delight. When I would come through the chained tunnel, he would be on me before I cleared the last chain.
This continued from 2006 to midway through 2009. One day, I came in and found he was taken off display, due to his aggressiveness toward other birds and keepers. I began working behind the scenes, cleaning bird housing rooms for the Bird House. When I was done, I would spend time playing with him through the cage wire. He did have another lory, although not a breeding pair. "BabyGirl" is a yellow streaked lory, his "cellmate" was a duvenbode. For nearly 2 years, this was my routine. "BabyGirl" continued to strike fear in all the keepers who dealt with him, but when I came, he would gently preen my eyebrow through the cage wire, or press against the cage to have his neck scratched. One day, the head keeper told me the duvenbode's lory was being shipped to another zoo. We all knew from experience that the birds, when taken off display, do not live as happy a life without a cage-mate to play with. The keeper then told me he was going to recommend that "BabyGirl" be donated to my wife and I. We were utterly shocked, and delighted when the day came for us to take him home. He needed no adjustment time to his new life. We received word that his DNA sexing showed "BabyGirl" to be a He, and renamed him "Hannibal the Cannibal," after the character from "The Silence of the Lambs," due to his obviously high intelligence, yet the craving every once in a while to bite into human flesh!
Here, Hannibal shares his new "zoo" with a nanday conure named Comet, a cockatiel named Bullet, a dog (Pennie), a cat (Magic), and fish.
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Hi! My name is Hannibal

I am a Lory from North Bend, OH.

Hannibal the Cannibal
BabyGirl (prior to our knowing his sex)

11 years old   M


He eats any fruit with gusto, but I'd say his favorite is a grape, which he is severely rationed on due to the iron content. Of course, he loves his nectar as well. I haven't tried it yet, but soon he will get to taste bee pollen, which I've been told his former 'flock' loves.

Anywhere one of the family is, but especially with my wife. He can't wait to snuggle with her while I clean his cage.

Hannibal wants to be involved in EVERYTHING! To interfere in any way is intolerable.

Hannibal will not potty outside his cage, and he always goes to the cage floor and does his business in the same spot.
He also likes to lay on his back, either to wrestle or to be babied. He will make baby whiny sounds while cuddling, curled up on us with his wings half open, and bobs and shakes like when he was a baby. The next minute, he's got a grip on your fingers with his hand and playfully nipping and flailing. He likes to 'trust fall' in our laps while we're holding him, spinning upside down and releasing onto my lap


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Come visit me, cockatiels, Anakin Skywalker, yoda and Obi Musk lorikeets, Kiwi & Maori, Baby Tiki and Patu-paiarehe. & lori , Jillby , pikachu and Jaffa.

05/24/2012 01:33.01 AM Report This Comment  
Beautiful bird! Left a vote.

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01/23/2012 06:21.03 PM Report This Comment  
Hi I love your green wing its so cool! I voted for you !
Fly by n see Coaco soon !

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08/10/2011 07:41.03 AM Report This Comment  
wow you have got to be the prettiest bird i have ever seen! leaving a vote for you. come check me out chloe

Come visit me, Khloe, Chloe, Miss Prissy & Joe Joe.

07/16/2011 10:32.31 AM Report This Comment  
  aLso ur very prety and unique.

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07/11/2011 07:05.12 PM Report This Comment  
  It's nice to meet you. Flyin' by to stomp on that darn votie button. My beak is a little sore, so I used a hammer on it. Fly by and visit me sometime. Have a BIRDaful day, and I hope to see you soon. bye for now.

Come visit me, Charlie, Custard <3 & Mikie and Frosty.

07/11/2011 07:04.38 PM Report This Comment  
  You seem like alot of fun!

Valerie, Franklin Square, NY.

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