What are we doing to animals?
My only experience with a cockatoo was when I went to live with a good high school friend during the nineties. I had been living in Boston, and decided to relocate back to St. Louis. My girlfriend,Dana, who was living with her boyfriend, John, invited me to live with them until I got my bearings. Her family consisted of two friendly little dogs, and one surly cockatoo. His contribution to any new member was to hiss at them like a cobra. He had been caught in the wild as an adult, and had been living with my friend for four years. She had never even owned a parakeet before,but Dana was patient and soft spoken, and he forged a friendship with her.
Even though I didn't like him (what was to like?) I will give him credit. He was nothing like the birds described on this site!!
1. He wasn't a screamer. He screamed just one time in the six months I lived there, and that was directed at a eight week old kitten we took in.
2. Once he made friends with Dana, he never looked back. In other words, he didn't love her one moment, and then tried to kill her in the next.
3. He wasn't demanding,...for anything! He wasn't use to 'cuddles' or game playing, so he didn't demand them. In fact,he liked keeping to himself. His motto was, 'you mind your business, and I will mind mine'.
4. He never ever PLUCKED! By the vet's account he was a healthy bird of 18.
5. Outside of his hissing, he wasn't aggressive. He didn't lounge at the bars. He didn't appear to ever go through the 'puberty' stage.
He wasn't hand fed, nor was he hand raised. And maybe that is why he was never neurotic. He lived on seeds,pellets, and fruits. Dana never cooked for him. And why would she, since he wouldn't have gotten 'cooked' food in the wilds. In other words he was treated like a BIRD, not a four month old infant.
As I said, I never cared for him, to me, owning a bird like that was pointless. But he is making more sense when I read the stories on this site.
As I have asked 'What are doing to animals?"