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Re: I lost my Timenh African Grey

Posted by shawna on 7/16/09
(6) Comments

    Thank you GreyLady. I did put that I am willing to give a reward,
    but I haven't heard anything. Now, I'm just sitting and waiting. I
    can't believe there are people out there who would rather keep an
    expensive bird rather than give him back to his owner. They bond
    with their owner and he's probably confused at what's going on.
    God, I hope I get him back, but thank you for sharing everything I
    need to do with me.

    On 7/16/09, GreyLady wrote:
    > You are most welcome. I just wish you were able to report
    > success. Yes, the guy ranting about the wing clip is full of
    > crap. More lost birds are ones that have been clipped as
    > to being fully flighted. That's because a PROPER wing clip does
    > not prevent flying. It only prevents the gaining of altitude.
    > conservative clip is the only way to go with a Grey, if you are
    > going to clip at all because they are so prone to falling on
    > their chest, cutting it open from the inside out with their
    > keel bones. Don't let the guy make you feel guilty. My Grey is
    > always fully flighted. I am extremely careful but it's my
    > thought, if he should ever happen to get out, I want him fully
    > flighted and able to hopefully escape predators. Also, I can't
    > imagine a Grey flying 50 miles in one day. Maybe but doubtful.
    > I don't think a bird who is normally housebound would have that
    > kind of stamina. Plus everything is going to be strange and
    > scary. They are far more likely to stay close to home. If you
    > have not offered a reward, that is critical. When folks find a
    > lost dog or cat, they usually try to find the owners. When
    > anyone finds a parrot, way too often, the first instinct is to
    > buy a cage and keep it. They have no clue about the bond with
    > the owners, only that "wow, a parrot, they cost lots of money".
    > In addition to the reward, the "needs medication" can often
    > one home when other attempts fail. Few people want an animal
    > they think is going to cost them money right away. I wouldn't
    > normally encouage someone to lie but when our pets are missing,
    > and with the unscrupulous folks out there, alls fair, in my
    > opinion. Contacting as many young kids as possible, offering
    > them a reward can be a huge help. Kids are much more observant
    > than adults and may spot him when someone else would look right
    > through him. A friend of mine got her Macaw back because the
    > little brother of the person who had him, told her, "there is a
    > bird that looks just like that living in the bathtub at my
    > brother's house". I wish I had more help to offer. I sure have
    > my fingers crossed for you. GL