I caught Bobo levering open the top of his cage today and kind of… whackamoled him back in. To be fair, I was far gentler than my choice of so-called ‘verb’ suggests, but I did usher him back down with some sense of urgency! I’ve ended up padlocking it shut, much to Bobo’s dismay.
He has, since then, attempted to unscrew everything possible in his cage. This includes the obvious screws in the cage structure, his food bowls and their corresponding access panels, the padlock itself, the latch on the front door, his perches, and all of his toys. I’ve given him different kinds of food to try, tried to distract him with toys and attention, but nothing is paramount to his current mission of escape. His focus is pretty incredible.
I think our parrotlet has been watching and learning, because Ptak suddenly began to attempt opening his own door. I ended up opening it for him, but by that point he had climbed under his upside food bowl to seek apparent weaknesses in the cage’s structure. (This bowl is a placeholder so he can’t slip out, and it provides a sort of platform for him most of the time.)
Ptak eventually noticed that the door was open and tried to jump up through the transparent bowl. Bump. Again and again, he tried to go through, but was unable to figure out how to go down and around. I took pity on him after observing this for a minute and lifted him out.
He promptly declared, ‘You silly bird.’
Yeah… That just about covers it!