On February 19th we said goodbye to our little Felix.
Last year we noticed that Felix was panting and tail bobbing. We took him to our (avian) vet, who withdrew some fluid from his abdomen. This helped for a bit, but the bulge returned. On a later visit, it was determined that Felix had a testicular tumor (which explains the lightening of his cere). Despite the tumor, Felix was doing well, singing and playing and enjoying life with Cooper and Emmy. He had periodic vet visits to monitor his health.
Last month the tumor became too large for Felix to fly, so we moved him into the condo. He was still happily eating (all the millet he wanted), playing and singing to himself in the mirror. Unfortunately, he took a turn on the evening of the 18th. We could tell he was not doing well. On the 19th he quietly passed away in Harry’s hands. We were able to give him kisses and tell him how much we loved him.
Felix was nine(ish). We found him on an ad in Craigslist in 2014. His previous owners had two cockatiels, and wanted to concentrate on them. He was a bit of a biter, but over the years the nips were fewer and farther between. Felix quickly adjusted to being a flock member and loved hanging out with the boys. He flirted with Cooper, but Lera was his little love. Felix loved chewing up balsa – he was a busy little beaver. One of his quirks was tilting his head and looking up at the ceiling when the cage cover came off in the morning. He was a good eater and loved his veggies. He tolerated his bedtime kisses, and the chances of getting a bedtime nip on the nose decreased over the years.
Cooper and Emmy were quiet after he passed, but seem to be doing better. Emmy is Cooper’s little shadow now. Felix was such a handsome, lively fellow. It’s hard to believe he’s gone. We were lucky to have him in our lives.
If you are looking to add a bird to your family, please consider a rehomed bird, or adopting from a shelter or rescue. There are wonderful birds out there, just like Felix, looking for a loving home.
I cannot tell you how much I love this painting of our budgies with one of my favorite flowers – the California poppy. The poppies are so bright and cheerful, and our birds look so happy to be amongst them. This painting brings so much joy – I absolutely adore it.