Kick me when I'm down ....


It looks like we're going to loose another of our birds.  :(  At least with this one, unlike my little man, we were half expecting it.  Still, it doesn't make it any easier. ~sighs~

Colonel is a very old Blue & Gold Macaw ... our best guess is somewhere around 70 years old ... plus he has some other health issues.  I'm not going to go into detail about it here & now ... if you want to read more about him, then go here.

We knew when we brought him home that our time with him was limited, but having this happen so soon after Kanika is almost too much.

So much for trying to get back into the swing of things.  :(



Thank you, thank you, and thank you.  For being old and set in his ways, he is a great bird and made a wonderful addition to our house/family/lives.  We knew we were on borrowed time, but we were still hoping we'd have more time than this.  Plus happening on the heals of another loss doesn't help matters.  At this point we're trying to keep him as comfortable as possible, and hoping that he passes peacefully in his sleep. 


"Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity." ~Unknown

Thank you.  No loss is taken well, but at least we knew we were on borrowed time with Colonel ... it's not such a horrific shock like with Kanika.  He did have a good life, and I'm glad we were able to have the chance to extend it a bit & share it with him.  I just wish they weren't happening so close together  ... it's makes it harder and also makes me wonder who's next (death comes in 3's).  I pray to gods that won't happen.


"Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity." ~Unknown


Thank you. 

Macaws and other large parrots can live as long as a human ... 60-90 years ... if cared for properly.  Yes, that is human years.  Birds age/mature/develop at about the same rate of time as a human does.  He was wild caught (before it was made illegal, and that was about 40 years ago), he's had two previous owners both of whom had him for about 20 years each ... so that puts him at around 65-70 years of age.

Remember I work in animal rescue (have for the last 6 years or so), so I have quite a menagerie at my house ... I have 6 dogs, one foster dog (that we're probably going to keep because of her breed), three cats, and (now) 6 birds; unfortunately soon to be 5 birds.  :(  If you follow the link in my blog it has picture and backgrounds to all of my animals.


"Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity." ~Unknown


I agree, he is beautiful! Colonel is such a great name, too. I was reading your site and I think it's great you gave him another chance at life, even if you didn't have him for too long.


"The real revolution is the revolution of consciousness."

oh zeev, i am sorry to learn such. but on another note, you have some very amazing pets! i had no idea a bird/pet bird at that, can live to be 70 yrs old? now this is an honest question: is that seventy human years? i ask because dog years differ. what other type of pets and how many, if you don't mind sharing?



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