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We flew up to Portland for a cousin's wedding recently. My aunt and uncle had just bought a new home and it was the first place we visited upon arriving. It wasn't fun. Few family members made comments about how I should have sold Reptar instead, and I was livid. My aunt and mom decide to walk out to the garden away from the others and I followed, still seriously pissed. We immediately notice a small finch caught in the netting around their garden plots and they start panicking. I just jumped in and got to work.

Little dude was in big trouble. And I seriously have no idea how he did it. The webbing was wrapped around all his limbs separately and around his neck easily 5 or 6 times in different places of the netting. It was impossible to see if I was pulling something off or making it worse. It took forever to get it all off. After it was all removed, he was flying round the inside of the netting without any issues, totally healthy otherwise. We made a hole for him to escape and he disappeared within seconds. The netting itself was removed that day as well.

Not something you ever expect to happen or expect to know what to do. Just glad we saw him in time and that he suffered no ill effects from it after. Definitely a crazy few minutes.
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well good thing you were there!!

I don't want to pry, but I might have missed something... why do some of your family members think you should have sold Reptar?
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Oh it's a good job you were there to help! Poor little mite At least he's safe now. Or at least as safe as a wild bird can be May I also ask why on earth they'd expect you to sell Reptar!?

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Thanks so much for rescuing the little finch, Lindsay!

Why do your relatives say such things about Reptar?
This is not nice.
Even if they don't like parrots they should be polite.
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With how tangled he was, I'm just glad he wasn't injured at all. He hardly struggled when I was trying to get him out, which helped, but perked right up the second he was freed.


And nah, you're not prying. In March I was having a incredibly difficult 'low' with depression. I only had Mango and Bird then, I think. I had my parents support for a GCC and after seeing Reptar's ad, it seemed perfect. Fast forward a month or so, Mango had passed away after multiple surgeries for a prolapsed cloaca, and I was devastated and had a lot of guilt. I wasn't 'getting better', and my parents started to become really concerned that Reptar was more of a hindrance than a benefit.

My mom is very firm on the idea that when you bring a pet home, its for life, but at the same time, they were concerned for my health and that came first. I was in a pretty bad way so I entertained the idea for their sake. I got an offer that was three times what I had paid for him, but in the end, it wasn't something I could even consider. My parents understood and didn't push it after that. On this trip, when my aunt and cousin found out how much I could have gotten, I guess that's all they really considered. I understand that non-bird people don't get the bond, but seriously..



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Birds with depression can either go one way or another, or affect you in a positive or negative way depending on how you're feeling in that moment. People will always say it about any of my animals. The 'too many' always comes up. I understood that in the end before losing my companion birds I had gotten 'too many' and was trying to pluck up the courage to tell the rescue that it wasn't right to ask me to take that many on at once, especially extremely loud and very messy species! This is why I relish in my aviaries. I can leave all of the birds to be independent and all they rely on me for is food and water, a clean environment and when toys need replacing they get replaced. Vets if needed. I spent hundreds and hundreds and hundreds on vets fees, especially with Darwin my black capped lory, only to find there was nothing wrong but he died when we had the gas leak anyway. It crippled me every time somebody said "oh that's such a shame, they were all worth so much and you spent so much money on them"!!! I could not care less how much I bought them for, how much I had needed to spend on them I had lost my family! You wouldn't lose a child and say "great I bought them all of these things that cost money" would you? Well I don't expect the same to be said about me and my critters. People will never get it though, especially if you're throwing mental health into the balance. Ignore them. He makes you happy, he makes us happy

I have had a similar sort of thing with my mom about Bailey, one of my dogs. Bailey has always been a bit of a problem child really but I always look past it. When we moved house it was like all of her training vanished into thin air. She poops everywhere, pees everywhere, trashes the place, chews my stuff and reduces me to tears all the time because of it. When I found out that the reason she couldn't put any weight on could have been that she had congenital renal failure I went to bits. I was throwing money I didn't have at the vets even though the vet said it was unlikely but I didn't care. I had to know. My mom, who has no right to tell me what to do in my life at all due to personal reasons haha, told me that I should start to think about selling her!!! Urgh. I don't understand how other people can't understand. I consider my animals to be my family. Even if they are a 10ft boa who likes to tip out his water bowl (a cat litter tray cause they don't make bowls big enough) all over his enclosure and then wear it like a hat I don't care. They're family!

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I completely agree how you both feel!

I have to admit, I used to think that people were crazy for spending as much as they did on their birds... then I got one and another... and another... Now I buy groceries and toy supplies and special cleaning sponges just for them!! I wouldn't have it any other way they bring so much joy and non-bird owners may never understand (like when I shelled out $500 to fix my 6 month old cockatiel's broken leg!!) but it is our life and it is what we do!

I'm glad you kept him and I'm glad your parents have your back and remember, we are always here for you if you ever need to share/talk/vent!
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