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Scary Moment with Reptar

So my and Reptar's night time ritual is whenever I come into the room at night and turn off the lights, he flies over from the cage and hits me directly, blindly, in the face. Sometimes lands on a pillow nearby if I'm lucky. Then he proceeds to climb and entangled himself into my hair against my neck and falls asleep as I watch Netflix. It's happened almost every night in the year I've had him.

Tonight, I just kinda shifted slightly, not much, but he jerked away and suddenly started screaming bloody murder out of no where, trying to fly and flopping wildly. Finally managed to grab him and run to the bathroom with a better immediate light when I realized my hair was around his neck, tight enough to not see where the hair was between the break in the feathers. Tried untangling him by pulling at the more open strands but it wasn't helping at all and seemed to draw the bigger strands tighter. So suddenly I'm scrambling around the kitchen trying to find any of the forever missing pairs of scissors as he keeps struggling and making it worse.

Basically just grabbed the entire chunk of hair above his head, didn't even check exactly what was around his neck, and hacked it off. It fell away pretty quickly and I could pull off what he was tangled in right after. Never even had him get remotely tangled in my hair before, other than just refusing to leave the 'warm spot'.

In the aftermath, Reptar is currently avoiding me and acting pretty indignant over the whole matter. Most of the hair around the base of my neck is now about 3-6 inches long depending, I look pretty ridiculous if I try to wear my hair up. Couldn't care less though, I honestly 100% thought I was going to lose him for a moment there, it got so tight.

Just a terrifying few minutes, even with a very happy ending. Kinda having a heart attack here.
But to keep the story light, here's a happy picture from earlier today (:

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So happy it ended well... Maybe a new hair cut is in your near future?
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aww poor guy, that is scary for you both! glad he is ok
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I'm glad that it went out well for Reptar, one of the most popular parrots in our forum.
Lindsay, you must decide by yourself how you will go on.
Letting him sleep in you bed is very cute but not safe.
If you turn around in the night while you are sleeping Reptar could be under you.
Yuki and Paulchen had to learn that they have to sleep in their parrot's bed in the flight cage.
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Oh no! He does not sleep out in the room at all, don't worry (: Didn't mean to imply that, this all happened just while we were hanging out. He always goes back in the cage for the night and is put away well before I even get tired. The lights in my room are usually off at that point because the cockatiels outside can get a bit rowdy in the evening otherwise.

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Glad you are both ok - had to have been just frightening!

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Scary Moment with Reptar

So glad he is ok! He is such a cutie! I just want to kiss him. This happened to me with Oliver before and I also had to cut my hair. I have so much I didn't even care lol. I have found combing my hair right before helps or putting it in a low ponytail so he can still snuggle in it.

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That's so scary! I'm so glad there was a happy ending.
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