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I appreciate it.
How is it that some small parrots, budgies, lovies, tiels, etc. succumb to fatty liver disease so readily, whether eating nuts or not? Is it because they are on a basically all-seed diet?
We once had a pet kakariki, Mr. Peepers, and I loved our Sneak with all my heart. We adopted her from a pet store when she was about seven months old.
She passed at the age of two and a half years old, fatty liver disease. It broke my heart when I lost her. She and I had a very strong bond. Most pet stores don't sell karakiki anymore, as they can often die young for inexplicable reasons and are best left in the wild.
That bird hated men!
I suspected that someone who worked there, a male, wasn't very kind to her.
Sneak was on display on top of her cage and all sorts of people would go by, and some would poke and prod at her, I noticed, especially kids.
I felt I had no choice. I wanted to get her out of that situation, so I took her home with me.
OMG, when she saw Mr. Dodo, she flew to a high ledge in our old apartment and just screamed. She went ballistic.
It took a good few months for her to warm up to Mr. Dodo, which she never entirely did, but she could be in the same room he was in without freaking out.
We had a talking budgie at the time, Newman. He was a singly kept budgie, and once he clapped eyes on Sneak, he fell in love with her. This is a true birdie soap opera.
"Sneak!" he'd yell. "Sneak-y!" and the little robot voice would reverberate down the hall.
Of course, Sneak would have none of it. She loathed him.
Sneak pecked out a hole in our kitchen blinds and liked to chill by the window by herself. Here she is with the smitten Newman. She doesn't like him invading her space at all.
Sneak has had it! "I warned you!"