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Max Is Home from the Hospital

Here’s Max getting all puffy and ferocious for his after-hospital photography session (he hates the camera):
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For those of you who haven’t heard, Max must have been attacked by a cat that managed to get its paw through the cage bars and catch him unawares. I was at the office in Cerritos – but my roommate was home and heard him screeching then suddenly go quiet. She found him running around in a panic on the bottom of his cage bleeding.

He spent two nights at the Wilshire Animal Hospital. I rushed home from Cerritos and got him to the vet within 2 hours of the attack. The vet said it didn’t look good because she saw blood in his oral cavity – later she said this must have been from the injury to the ear (and thankfully, not the internal injuries she first suspected).

He had to be in a special “incubator” unit with oxygen pumped in to help him heal. He may be deaf in the ear the cat punctured, and his squawk sounds different now, but he is doing great and when I weighed him today he had gained 2 grams (that’s a lot for a little parrot). He is eating well, although on a softer diet because he’s still having trouble breaking shells.

He still hates his sister Inca and puffed up all vicious-like for her today. It’s a good sign when he is showing his typical ornery behavior toward her 😉

He’s on antibiotics for 10 days and antiinflammatories for 5 days. He hates getting the oral medication, so it’s a bit of fight over that, but he’s not a biter so I just get a hold of his beak and squirt the tiny bit of medicine in (he then rubs his beak on anything he can find for 5 minutes, like that will make a difference).

I am relieved and very happy to have Max home!

Inca Is Fergalicious

My amazon parrot Inca loves to dance to the music – and this week she showed that she too is Fergalicious. Go to the link and play the first movie link (Inca is Fergalicious).

[Note: the video is 38 megs so it is best for broadband users or you will wait a looong time]

Birds Do the Darnedest Things




Birds Do the Darnedest Things

Originally uploaded by Smash Monster.



Sorry about the photo quality – taken with my Treo in my room during my CPM session so I couldn’t fix the lighting. Anyway, this is Inca with her butt plopped right in front of my TV. She was sitting on her tree tower when she figured out (it took her almost a week – which surprised me) she could climb down onto the table and climb up in front of the TV and stare right at it. Of course, I was stuck in my CPM device so I let her star in every TV show for about an hour until I could get my brace back on and put her butt back on her tree.
Inca is my blue-front amazon parrot who definitely has an attraction to TV – more the sounds than the pictures. Certain voices and music really get her going – she will rock out sometimes to good songs. She seems to prefer female vocalists.

Inca

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