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#132127 - 12/06/06 06:25 PM Bittersweet lovestory  
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Someone sent me this webpage about a cockatoo lovestory from Queensland. A little sad too.
Leslie

http://www.juliusbergh.com/cocky/

#132128 - 12/06/06 06:36 PM Re: Bittersweet lovestory  
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I got the email as well, but was unsure about posting it. Glad you did though. Since they are being left to the wild and doing what comes naturally, not really pets, and not being sold, I think it is a very sweet story.

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#132129 - 12/06/06 09:45 PM Re: Bittersweet lovestory  
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So sweet! See, it's true. There's someone for everyone. It's so cute the way the babies get as big as the parents and the parents are still feeding and caring for them. I think birds are such great parents.

#132130 - 12/06/06 10:11 PM Re: Bittersweet lovestory  
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Wow. If only these were the only kinds of stories we saw. Wow.

#132131 - 12/06/06 10:27 PM Re: Bittersweet lovestory  
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That is such an amazing story, it was worth taking a few minutes to read it.

#132132 - 12/06/06 10:34 PM Re: Bittersweet lovestory  
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What a WONDERFUL article and BEAUTIFUL photos!

It's the first time this year that my spirits have been lifted, due to all the negative aspects that I deal with every single day over the plight of captive 'Toos.

I hope the websites owners keep these pages up forever for all to see! smile

#132133 - 12/06/06 10:43 PM Re: Bittersweet lovestory  
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Took a break from cleaning cages and read this, That is so sweet, it made me cry! I love that, I wish it could be like that here!!!!!

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#132134 - 12/06/06 10:59 PM Re: Bittersweet lovestory  
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I'm glad everyone liked it, I was just sad when one of the babies died. I know it is the circle of
life, but I'm a softie. But the lovestory was very sweet.
Leslie

#132135 - 12/07/06 12:17 AM Re: Bittersweet lovestory  
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What a wonderful story- thank you for sharing, and hopefully we can all follow this as time goes on- I want to see that little guy trying out his wings!

#132136 - 12/07/06 01:47 AM Re: Bittersweet lovestory  
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That was so sweet. Thats a tear jerker smile

#132137 - 12/07/06 04:29 AM Re: Bittersweet lovestory  
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Oh, boy! Real hope for toos and humans living together as neighbors! I love it! In one little corner, Eden lives!


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so beautiful it made me cry:( Thank you for posting it

#132139 - 12/07/06 12:55 PM Re: Bittersweet lovestory  
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what a beautiful love story, made my eyes wet.

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The thought just hit me: do you suppose this male is kitbridget's buddy, Joe? Wouldn't that be wonderful?


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Oh that was the sweetest story ever! It really made my day! Thanks you so much for sharing that with us!

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#132142 - 12/08/06 05:03 AM Re: Bittersweet lovestory  
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That was such a wonderful story...to see the wild birds interacting with the disabled female and how she shared food with them...how the story kept unfolding and became even more wonderful! How thoughtful for the photographer to document and share it with the world!
Deb

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These cockatoos are wild, or the female is. The male may be, or he may have been captive once. The humans are doing what humans should do: they are caring, protecting, making up for human-introduced difficulties. They provided care, housing, and the best shelter they could for a cockatoo they had injured, and they encouraged her to live life the best she could with her disability. The wild flock comes and goes, and she has as much freedom as she can. The humans chase cats away.

Humans have a tendency to want to "play god" because they are made that way; we have an assignment to "have dominion" over the birds, animals, and fish. This is to be done "in the image of" the God Who is always GOOD. We aren't (read Ganesis for the most plausible explanation of that) and so often mis-manage what we were supposed to be managing properly. Any movement toward good is to be celebrated, IMO. This behavior on the part of the humans was motivated by kindness and affection, and can help the "good neighbor" status of human-cockatoo relations.


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#132144 - 12/08/06 05:02 PM Re: Bittersweet lovestory  
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When I first saw the story, it caused me to have mixed feeling. But first of all, the bird is in it's natural environment. The first bird was injuried and had to have it's wing amputated. There is no way they could have put it back into the wild. I think they tried to leave her outside to be as close to nature as possible, while protecting her. (Cats would get her in a minute). Then a possible wild bird, possible captive bird came to her, fell in love and found a way to get together. Yes, they did breed, but that is what birds do in the wild. They aren't breeding the birds for pets or money. The people did have to have a wildlife permit to keep her. I like how they had a relatively hands off approach to the birds, while trying to protect them.
I do think it is a great love story, a one winged bird who was saved from death by people, and instead of just living her life alone in a cage, love found a way.
How beautiful. IMO
Leslie

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Leslie -

I agree. When I first got the email I was hesitant to post it, so I did not. Then when it was posted and I was glad it was. This bird was saved my humans from probably death. Brought home and kept outside to be in as much of a natural environment ( under the circumstances) as possible and interact with other "wild cockatoos". The fact that another wild cockatoo (or at least "free" cockatoo) simply did what nature intended it to do is just how nature works. They both live outside and are free to roam wherever they choose, and live how they choose with the exception that the female cannot fly and we cannot fault "her" for that. Both male and female have lived in the wild so I am sure know how to forage for food. They are not "pet's" per say. And not breeding for the intent to sale. They are being given a second chance to be "wild cockatoos" under the circumstances they are in.

#132146 - 12/08/06 07:52 PM Re: Bittersweet lovestory  
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I absolutely loved this story. Thank you so much for posting it. Some things that makes this story so special is the fact that the author writes that they are dangerous, that he gets bit on occasion. It really portrays the fact that these are wild animals. It is great that the author was able to capture pictures of these wonderful animals with out them being in a cage. They never once tried to make pets out of them. IMO that is what makes this story something to be cherished to all that believe these birds should be free. I think its a wonderful thing that the injured mother didn't have to spend her life by herself; she was able to perform what God designed them to do: raise a family. That is how nature intended. Yes, people were involved, but they were only trying to make sure that the 2's were able to raise their family despite the mothers handicap. Thank you for posting this.

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