I don’t know where to start.
We lost Mishka the cockatiel on 31 December 2013. There are no words.
She got trapped in a door as she tried to slip in.
We are heartbroken.
And I share because I want readers to take something from this. I thought for the briefest, shocked moment that perhaps we should have clipped her wings. Then I realised my response should not be ‘she should have been clipped,’ because that doesn’t address the problem. This happened because parrots simply aren’t pets. They don’t belong in our homes, with swinging doors and hot pans and glass windows – and this is the terrible risk we take by daring to keep them. Clipping creates as many problems as it ‘solves,’ and in my mind, we should not rob birds of what they’re evolved to do. Yet there is no good solution.
Accidents happen even in the most careful and loving of homes, clipped or un-clipped. We can only do our best for these beautiful captive animals. They exist, and we strive to take care of them, yet sometimes our love cannot be enough.
So search your heart, and ask if you truly think parrots are meant as pets in human homes. Our sweet, crazy cockatiel is proof enough otherwise, I think; a heart-rending casualty despite the best intentions. Perhaps I will post some pictures later, but not right now.
We love her, and will always remember her as our first beautiful, wild, amazing parrot – the inspiration for this blog.
It doesn’t seem possible.
Give your fur and feathers a hug and a kiss tonight, and remember to take extra care when performing even the most mundane of activities.