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UPDATE 9/27/05: "Cassidy is doing very well. He's working on his social graces - not stealing toys that belong to other birds, and getting along with Darwin (formerly Don Quixote). My vet believes that he is fully capable of walking again, so every night, I give him a little physical therapy. Sometimes we make excellent progress, other times it's slow going. With some assistance, he can perch for a minute or two on my finger, and seems to really enjoy doing that (it must feel good to use those legs!). I've attached a picture or two of him - I try to make him "perch" at a slant for a few minutes when he's out. He's sweet, good natured, albeit rather willful. I've never seen a cockatiel that will lie in the palm of a hand, but Cassidy loves to do just that! He's full of spark, and I'm very glad to give him a good, loving home." 5/30/05 Here is an update from Cassie's foster mom: "It turns out Cassie is a male, so we're calling him Cassidy. He whistles and sings and tries to talk - and he continues to be just generally adorable. He's becoming very active, even stands up for brief periods, albeit not in a strictly orthodox fashion (his toes don't lie flat, and he leans on one elbow)." Birds and stars seem so compatible that naming a bird for a star is very logical. So is naming one after an entire constellation. Cassiopeia (CAS-ee-oh-PEE-ah) is the only constellation with a chair (Cassiopeia's Chair), so what a logical name for a beautiful, bright little baby cockatiel that sits just like she's in a chair. Cassie had a spinal injury that doesn't allow her to walk. She is very active, cheerful, and good-spirited, however, and manages to move all around her cage. She uses her beak and a kind of tip-and-roll motion that seems to work very well. She can also move her legs to get up higher, and she actually bounces up and down when she is excited (or wants to come out of her cage). She also flies very well, but doesn't land very reliably, which is kind of scary for everyone. (She hasn't been clipped because, like many handicapped birds, her wings are important to her mobility.) She loves to play with toys of various kinds. She also warbles and chirps and keeps her companions aware of her moods. She doesn't bite, and dearly loves to be scratched and held and petted. If she has to go too long without cuddling or petting, she gets very loud and twittery. Cassie eats Nutrian cakes and veggies, and has a very robust appetite.
Notice: Cockatiels are flock animals, and most of them are much happier when they live with at least one other cockatiel! Because of this, unless a household currently includes another cockatiel, Mickaboo usually requires that a minimum of two cockatiels be adopted.
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