Who needs a medal when you have a budgie around your neck?
Kanji the African Grey Parrot being adorable.
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.Vanderlip Leaves His Parakeet With George (Season 5, Episode 19).Mr. Vanderlip asks George to watch his budgie, Nancy, while he goes to San Francisco for a bankers convention. When Gracie sees the bird, she thinks it’s her anniversary present. Believing the budgie to be sad in its cage, she sets it free.
When Gracie realizes her mistake, she replaces the bird with another budgie from the pet store. Then Nancy returns. George, not knowing the bird is the “real” Nancy, lets it go. Eventually, everything is straightened out and Mr. Vanderlip and his precious Nancy are reunited.Full episode here.
This month’s book is the bestseller, The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwang.Sprout is a caged hen whose dream is to live with the free range chickens and hatch one of her eggs. When she can no longer lay, the farmer and his wife decide to cull Sprout from the flock. Sprout manages to escape, but is shunned by the other farm animals.
The little hen ends up raising a chick (though not her own) and faces many challenges living life in the wild.
Cooper loved this little gem of a book. She admired Sprout for her bravery and for not giving up even when the odds were against her. She thought the book was touching, and while she teared up on occasion, she would highly recommend this wonderful story of acceptance, love and sacrifice.
The Birds of Eden aviary in South Africa. It’s the largest free flight aviary in the world.The aviary is home to about 3500 birds representing more than 200 species (among them are budgies and cockatiels).“Be they ex-pets, or birds confiscated from zoos or irreputable breeders, most of the birds that arrive at Birds of Eden have a history of being caged in small environments.”