Peaches

Visiting the barn

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

It’s impossible to ignore Peaches, a Citron Cockatoo, bred in captivity and imprinted on humans. He needs his person and that’s me. He makes sure that I listen, and so, snow or no snow, he gets playtime. Often we talk a walk outside, and in snowy weather, might visit the barn. Peaches is a noisy guy with screeches that frighten horses, so we confine ourselves to areas away from them.

Peaches loves the haystack, but his curiosity could lure him into a crevice. I’m vigilant and don’t let him wander beyond my reach.

Hmm, interesting!

He’s always the same, including inside the house. An out-of-cage playtime invites him to start seeking shadowy spots in which to dive and explore.

The sofa

Sometimes, it’s easy for me to distract Peaches. One of his favorite toys is a cardboard box. I save the best for him and remove any tape and plastic. He’s on it!

He’s totally obsessive-compulsive and works hard, breaking the cardboard into matching pieces.

I watch and imagine myself gathering those pieces into a bag to market, say on Amazon, as a 1,000 piece puzzle designed by a bird. It might work!

Ah ha!

Peaches who will turn fifteen this year is a very young Cockatoo. These birds can live for 75 years! He’s designed to destroy, with a hooked beak and an ability to focus that sometimes needs countering. During a playtime, I’ll let him carry on until he wears himself out and desires a relief of returning to his cage. If I must interrupt his playing early to re-cage him, sometimes he’s tempted by special foods.

With a chunk of omlet

He is smart, seductive, alert, and fun. He screams long warnings when he sees someone strange or unknown animals on the property; he insists on having one-on-one times with me; he offers occasional periods of hour-long nonsensical screams (woe to anyone trying to hear something on television); and his laughter, just like a human’s, always makes me laugh, too.

For Peaches, every day is sunny and full of possibilities.

My friends, Other species can teach us much about being alive and optimistic! Diana

2 thoughts on “Peaches

  1. What a character. Really fun photos!

    On Wed, Mar 13, 2019 at 7:48 AM Diana’s Morning Blog wrote:

    > trailriderincentraloregon posted: ” Visiting the barn Wednesday, March 13, > 2019 It’s impossible to ignore Peaches, a Citron Cockatoo, bred in > captivity and imprinted on humans. He needs his person and that’s me. He > makes sure that I listen, and so, snow or no snow, he gets playtime. ” >

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