A Happy Ending

*photo Leon Cook/Stars and Stripes

This little one was found in a parking lot at the Yokota Air base in Japan. Employees of The Stars and Stripes newspaper launched a social media site to look for the owner. Not long after, Kumi Sato recognized the budgie as belonging to her mother.
Ao-chan had escaped from an open door and flew 15 miles before being found. Ao-chan is a therapy bird for Sato’s mother, who suffers from dementia. The family looked for Ao-chan and posted flyers. The little bird was lucky as many stray cats and crows are in the area.
“When Sato arrived at Yokota to retrieve the lost parakeet she asked: “Ao-chan?” and got an affirmative tweet in reply, prompting a flood of happy tears.”
You can read the entire story here.

Cooper’s Talent Show

Corienne Pretorius was mystified when a package containing gift boxes arrived from Amazon. Neither she nor anyone in her family had ordered them.

She finally concluded that Buddy, her African Grey parrot activated her smart Amazon Echo device to place the order.

Buddy can mimic her voice (though he doesn’t talk when she’s around). Pretorius heard him talking to Alexa in the next room and put two and two together. You can read more about Buddy and his Amazon order here.
*It’s a good thing my flock doesn’t talk. Millet and toys would arrive at our door nonstop.

Rhea

One of the risks we take when we decide to let a pet into our hearts is the heartbreak we will go through if/when we say goodbye. Rhea the Naked Birdie, the little lovebird with Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. She was adopted from a vet clinic by Isabella Eisenman, who set up an Instagram account and facebook page for the tiny bird. Rhea quickly became a superstar with thousands of adoring fans – many of whom sent her hand knitted garments. 

Rhea has inspired many with her message that “different is beautiful”.

Cooper and the flock hope that Rhea knows how beloved she was and that somewhere she is flying free and preening her glossy new feathers.

Which bird is right for you?

Are you thinking of adopting a bird?
MyBird (with Birdhism) has a little quiz you can take to let you know which bird is right for you. www.myrightbird.com

After you get your results, there is information on how to care for your new bird and even links to rescues where you can adopt.

So take the quiz and let Cooper know which type of bird is right for you!