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ome have described George as a character, I can think of many other ways to describe him but not in polite company. The simple facts about George are that he’s a thirteen year old, male, Goffins Cockatoo who joined our flock three years ago but that’s about all that is simple about George. He’s a very complex little bird and even after three years I still don’t feel that I know him or understand what motivates him.


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George joined our flock when his owner contacted us as she really didn’t know what else to do with him; she had taken him in from her daughter some years before and had given him the best of everything in life. But still George had started to pluck his feathers and unfortunately it became a habit. If feather plucking was his only problem then she could have coped with him but George, in true cockatoo style, was also unpredictable, a loving, sweet companion one moment and the devil’s spawn the next. She was extremely truthful with us when we went to visit them but for our sins we still took him in. My first impression of George was that he was a real little sweetie, a sociable little fella who liked to be the centre of attention. As soon as he spotted us he started to bounce up and down calling out ‘Hello George,’ in a squeaky little voice, the head came down for a tickle and we’d made friends. While the adults chatted, George entertained us with his repertoire, continually breaking into his own version of ‘Always Look on the


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BY EMMA FREEMAN 14 BIRD SCENE


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