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FEATURE


HAT TO O ABOUT EORGE


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Bright Side of Life.’ But before we could get too enchanted with him, his owner told us that although George loved to cuddle in her dressing gown and lay on his back to have raspberries blown on his tummy he had recently taken to flying at visitors and attacking their faces and wouldn’t think twice about biting her if she was talking on the phone or vacuuming around his cage. She had two other parrots and wanted to find a home for George as his behaviour was becoming more and more unpredictable. Her avian vet had told her that he was over bonded with her and that he needed training. Okay, I thought, we’ll just make sure that we both handle him equally and start some training with him, that doesn’t sound too difficult. That was before we tried to get him into a travel cage! Oh, George stepped up quite readily but as soon as he saw the travel cage he was off, hopping around the room from one surface to another, he thought it was the best game ever, George hop, we chase, George fly, we chase, George hop onto a hand, we get excited at finally catching him, George fly, we chase, we cup his wings, George bite, we cry, George hop. In the end, sheer persistence won out and George was safely in the cage but realisation dawned that George was not going to be an easy conquest.


Our first course of action was to take George to an avian vet to check that the feather plucking wasn’t due to an underlying medical condition. George was given the all clear physically and the


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