This column is the opinion of a 3 year old African Grey Parrot named “Simba” who has an extremely high intelligence level. While he does not possess a degree from any college or university, he does have a strong opinion of himself and feels that he is the best candidate to answer the complex questions of today’s discerning pets…and the humans they own…
In the wake of season being over I’ve seen more and more pets with their owners out on the weekends. Especially at venues that have music all day long and are considered to be the “hot spots” on Marco Island and Goodland on the weekends.
This weekend at the Marco Lodge in Goodland there was a “Dancing Cockatoo”. The owner said her name was Chloe and she was a Moluccan Cockatoo which is a species native to Indonesia. She danced to the beat of the music all day long! She was a real sweetheart of a bird and enjoyed all the attention she got. She let people pet her, spread out her wings to say hi to everyone and was really the highlight of the day there. I noticed that people were putting their finger right up to this bird to get her to step up without asking the owner if it was ok. While with the dogs that were there, they were hesitant to go up to pet them until they asked those owners if the dogs were friendly.
My question is why would people ask the dog owners permission to pet the dogs and not ask permission to pet or hold the bird? I heard that birds can inflict damage just as bad as or even worse than a dog?
Signed, Weekend Warrior
Yes, it is true that birds can inflict damage just as bad (if not worse) than a dog. For instance, while a Pitbull Terrier dog has approximately 320 lb. PSI in their jaws, a Moluccan Cockatoo (the biggest of the Cockatoo species) has been known to generate 2,000 lb. PSI bite force. That is almost four times as much as the Pitbull!
Fortunately, I know the Moluccan Cockatoo “Chloe” very well. She’s my sister and my best friend. She is the most social out of our flock and the most well behaved. Our human is very careful to give each person a warning before they come up to her because we birds can be quite unpredictable. Just don’t bother “Chloe” when she’s dancing…when that girl gets her groove on she doesn’t want to be bothered with anything else (trust me…I’ve found this out personally!)
In closing, I think I will have to have a talk with our human. When she took “Chloe” with her the other day all the rest of our flock members were teasing her thinking she was going to the vet! We had no idea she was going for an outing of dancing the day away. Thanks for giving me a heads up! I can almost promise you that you’ll see me at the Marco Lodge on Sunday instead of “Chloe”. After all, I am the celebrity of the family.
…And remember…Never judge a book by its cover!
Simba is owned by Christina Giordano. If you have any questions you would like Simba to answer, please email them to: Ask Simba@angelsofflightproductions.com