I'm back from my holiday in Cornwall. Well, let me tell you the good bits first. We went to the beach, we went to St Michael's mount, shire horse farm, telegraph museum, had a pub lunch, visited Carn Euny, but the best part is of course going to paradise park.
We saw red pandas, otters, toucans, owls, eagles, red squirrels, and funny birds. My dad even found an injured pigeon there and he caught it and took it to a member of staff to see if they could help. We saw flamingos and me and my sister even got to feed the penguins! But best of all they had a great selection of parrots!! We saw: st. Vincents amazon(endangered), black cheeked lovebirds, african greys, palm cockatoos, red tailed and yellow tailed black cockatoos, hawk headed parrrot, alexandrine parakeet, golden conures, sun conures, citron and sulphur crested cockatoos, galah cockatoos, major mitchells cockatoos, blue throated conures, caiques, orange winged amazon and blue fronted amazon, and many more. You could buy a pot of nectar for 50p and feed the lorikeets. We got two each and they come and land on you and drink the nectar. I had one on my head, one of them was giving me kisses, and I remember having 3 or 4 on me at a time! (swainsons and green naped lorikeets) and my sister had some on her as well. They had keas there as well, and I got a video of one inquisitive kea checking out the camera! I even got to touch him, most zoos don't let you ever get close to the animals like that. The man that was cleaning out the keas had something in his pocket and the nosey little parrots were trying to nick it out of his pocket! They also had a really noisy umbrella cockatoo, he was really funny! I got a video of him actually saying hello to me. He was a sweetheart and I really loved him!!!
There were also eclectus parrots, and they were very friendly. They all flew up to the bars to see me, and one of the males was particularly sweet, giving me kisses and letting me stroke him. I think he was in moult as his belly had not many green feathers on, or he was young. I could have just taken that lovely bird home, he was such a gentle, docile parrot.
Oh yeah, and there were macaws as well: scarlet macaws, military macaws, hahn's macaws, severe macaws, blue throated macaws, blue and gold macaws, and hyacinth macaws! It also said on their website that they had bred spix's macaws but they are critically endangered and extinct in the wild. Paradise park is also home to the world parrot trust. Me and my sister both bagged toy parrots(and a toucan) from the gift shop.
The bad news is that we lost our dog there.
What happened was that when we were at the shire horse farm we left him alone, but gave him the run of the house because it might be too hot in the conservatory, and the landlady came by and decided to go in (with her friend) and shut him in the conservatory, but apparently he went mental and was running through the house, up on the furniture and stuff, and then forced open a window they had left open for him and ran out and she chased after him IN HER CAR, and "headed him off". She may have just let him out, but she keeps going on about how he has broken the window and she put chairs on the sofa. So we were looking for him, no sign. Next morning she says that her friend saw him in St Buryan, so me and my dad drive down. A woman walking her dog said "careful, there's a dog loose", and we turned the corner, and we saw him. We were shouting for him, but he was out in the storm all night and it must have fried his brains or something because he just kept on running, through the field. We asked everyone to look for him, and put up reward in the shop. But I can't believe we have had to leave him behind, loose. If he gets weak enough, someone may be able to catch him, but so far he has been determined not to be caught by anyone. He must not have even recognised us. The lady of the house said she phoned the dog warden and the cottage people and stuff. She reckons he's gone feral, but I doubt it. If we get him back, I will let you guys know. But he's like a family member. A crazy family member. He's a gsd x collie. But it wasn't like him to just go running off like that. I think she scared him, and what did she think she was doing, driving after him in a car? He was alone in a strange house, his pack had gone, and 2 strange women come in and try to chase him in a car - they must have really frightened him. He's run off with one incentive in mind - to find his family. I just hope he is returned to us unharmed.