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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/

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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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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

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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

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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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#132141 - 12/07/06 04:27 PM Re: Bittersweet lovestory  
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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!
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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
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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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I loved this story too. The people did the best possible for the bird with one wing and I think she is getting a great life out of it. I would think the baby would be wild. What about the parrots of Telegraph hill? Aren't they wild but were fed by people? Anyway, it was a heartwarming story

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Any debates on this topic have been moved to the Philosophy forum. The situation with these birds is unusual, but it's the closest thing to natural under the circumstances and I applaud anyone who allows cockatoos to be cockatoos.

#132149 - 12/15/06 04:55 AM Re: Bittersweet lovestory  
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That is an incredible love story. The humans rehabilitated the injured bird and allowed her to have love and a fulfilling life because of their efforts. And the male cockatoo loved her that much despite her handicap! That story inspires hope! I loved it... and the pics too. I would love to see follow up photos to chronicle the family's progress.

#132150 - 12/28/06 01:14 AM Re: Bittersweet lovestory  
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Very Heartwarming, so glad I tood the time to read it.

#132151 - 12/28/06 02:35 AM Re: Bittersweet lovestory  
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Everyone should look at this again, there's an updated page that's very sweet.

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Aww that's so adorable, he needs to work on his landing a tad bit! I would love to go see them fly free like that!

Tammy

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That is just so awesome!!! I love it!! Thanks Cat for letting us know about the update!

Kim

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That was so nice to read, I was very excited to see that one of the babies did grow up and fledge (even if it can't land very well yet).

Thank you so much for posting the link.


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What a lovely story.

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Check this out!!!

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

Now looks like thanks to Charlie, mytoos is posted on her website!

This is awesome!!!!

Kim

#132157 - 01/16/07 04:58 AM Re: Bittersweet lovestory  
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The Parrots of Telegraph Hill in San Francisco are wild but there is a bit of a difference San Francisco is not their natural habitat and there are currently problems with the flock.

Mickaboo the rescue group I foster for has been taking in the sick and injured members of the flock and monitoring the feeding of the flock. We are now running out of foster homes and the vet bills are getting quite high.

Mickaboo has lost most of the sick ones they take in, they determined that the birds are contracting infestations of Baylis worms, most likely from raccoons spreading it on Telegraph Hill. There is no cure for Baylis other than deworming, and once the neurological symptoms show up, the permanent damage to the brain has already been done. Humans can get Baylis. "Baylisascaris procyonis, the raccoon parasite, is related to the canine roundworm Toxocara canis. It is found in the intestines of raccoons in North America, Japan and Germany. It infests 68 to 82% of some raccoon populations, according to the House Rabbit Society. This parasite can be extremely harmful or deadly to humans."

It is also believe that do to the flock becoming tamer due to public feeding that several members have been trapped and sold or taken in as pets. If these birds are currently infected but symptom free they will spread this parasite to other household members.

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That really was just beautiful. But being the skeptic that I sometimes seem to be, I wonder if all those photos were actually authentic? Does anyone actually know who these people are? Perhaps it is just a beautiful story, but, again, there are so many things one can do with photography nowadays??!! Any comments?

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I have spoken with the photographer. Taking photographs of all kinds is what they do for a living. They've even photographed Australia's top female model.

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I really enjoyed this story even though I read it a bit late. I think it would be awsome to have such a view of cocks out in my back yard
Just seeing My M2.Jack every day brings me outstanding joy.
I can picture you running while taken the pictures of the baby LOL

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just read the last 2 posts. . .Charlie, I'd say Australia's top female model right now has to be that little single-winged hen-a-too, doesn't it? smile


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I read this somewhere too........I think it was here. What a story, of pain and love.


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#132163 - 05/06/07 04:24 AM Re: Bittersweet lovestory  
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That indeed was a sweet Cockatoo picture story from Australia, just like a real-life fairy tale! smile I wish it could be that beautiful all the time. Thank you author! cool


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CABirdMom, I used to live in San Francisco, but I never knew that Telegraph Hill was loaded with birds. Are there all types of parrots there? And where are they at?


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JeffH there is a movie called The Parrots of Telegraph Hill and it is worth seeing.Rent it if you can and it explains allot about the parrots there.

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What a fantastic story..

It does the heart good to read stories like this..there's hope for the human race yet.

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I found this site a couple of weeks ago and emailed 'julius' just to comment on the gorgeous photos and to commend him for doing such a good job of caring for the injured hen. It really is lovely isn't it?


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That is just the neatest story!

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Just heartwarming! : )


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I know this is old, but I wanted to say I love this story. I think the people in this case did the right thing. It does involve humans a lot, but I think it's fine. That baby will grow up and live a normal cockatoo life, I imagine, which is the most important thing.

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I think this is a really nice story, not very sad at all. Certainly sad the bird lost its wing but such a happy and nice ending. It makes me wanna move to the homeland of my Umbrella Cockatoo and see her be in the wild. I really wish I'd have found this website before I got my bird. It would have made me think twice about getting one. Mine is very lovely but you can't deny they must be much happier in nature than as pets.

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Gosh I haven't read that story for a while now. Every time I do, I think, "that could have been Bill". It's a beautiful story.


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