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REUNITED OF THE DAY: Charlie the sulphur-crested cockatoo parrot lost in Sydney NSW Friday 18 May 2018 @ 13:00

REUNITED OF THE DAY: Charlie the sulphur-crested cockatoo parrot lost in Sydney NSW

"Charlie came into my house when my daughter brought him home unexpectedly. Oh not another animal to look after! He had the intellect of a two-year-old child and he very quickly became my two year old.

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He warmed to me after a short standoff....being a couple of nasty pecks and ear-piercing screeches to stay away. The owner-breeder stated he was a year old male and already was saying ‘Hello Charlie’. Now he barks when the dogs bark. He tells them ‘Naughty” when they get too noisy and he likes to play and say ‘Peekaboo”. “Whatchadoing’ is one of his favourite words. On a rare special occasion for me, he will call my name. We often had intimate moments where we would kiss and declare our love for each other. He would whisper back squeaking ‘”I love you”’

About seven weeks ago he had a terrible accident where he pierced his bottom beak on the wire holding a seed bell and he was hanging with the wire protruding from his throat. Thankfully I heard his gut wrenching screams and a pair of pliers were handy so I managed to cut him loose and with help hold him to remove the wire. He recovered well and we have an even stronger bond.

Charlie is an escape artist. His wings had been cut but obviously not correctly so he could fly of sorts and on two escapes I was able to coax him down from a tree.

He would remove the wire bars from his cage and I found that he could maneuver the cage catch so it was decided to get a sturdy aviary for him...one designed for Macaws and other big birds.

I had to go into hospital for a spinal fusion and I was told on the first night that he had flown off again but he was hanging around the place and even had spent time visiting our neighbour’s old Cockatoo about half a kilometre away.

As I was the only person he allowed to touch him I knew he would have to wait until I got home from hospital .....certainly making me recover fast from the operation..

I hope you are not going to climb a tree was the discharging nurses concern?

I arrived home to be greeted by ‘whatchadooing’ his voice way up high in one of our casuarina trees.

For the following four or five days, he circled our property and our neighbours had to be tolerant as I constantly called to him to ensure he knew where l was and to entice him home with a promise of a big new aviary and I would get him a friend. I was concerned now as he may not be getting enough food and water and he had had to weather a bad storm. The nights were getting colder.

It was very disheartening when I could not hear him call back. There were other wild Cockatoos in the area I feared that he had venture away and I had lost him forever.

I left a flyer at our local shops and looked to advertise my lost friend on the internet. He had not been heard of for four days day and had been flying around since the 22n April he could be weak and stressed.

I found the LPF website quickly and without hesitating, I registered my lost buddy.

Within a short time, I had posts stating that there was a found cockatoo advertised and I had a pensive wait until the next morning when I contact the Sydney Veterinary Hospital at Kellyville – they had a cockatoo that someone had handed to them.

Was this cockatoo talking so that I could be sure it was him. ‘’No! Kellie said. “He has not said anything however come on in and have a look if it is your cockatoo”.

I drove to the veterinary hospital telling myself the odds are fairly good but not to be disappointed if this bird is not Charlie. He was found in a drain, coaxed out and caught before he could fly off again by come cleaver concerned person.

I arrived at the hospital wondering how to describe a sulphur crested cockatoo when they are all so similar. I wonder whether he had a scar at the base of his beak and throat that would identify him.

I arrived and spoke to the lovely veterinary nurse and she asked me to come to the back. As I approached I called out to Charlie hoping to hear his eager hello back. No call... I had a look in a cage and I saw a cockatoo with his cocky comb in full flare looking down at me. I was told that this is the most interest he has shown since they have had him. I would know as soon as the cage is opened as they

claim he was very stand-offish with everyone.

The cage was opened and he immediately leaned forward for my kisses and cuddles. Shortly after thanking everyone we were in the car heading home At the back door I heard him say “hello Charlie’.

He is still a bit quiet and sooky and sits quietly on the back of my chair eating a piece of apple while I write this. Oh, Charlie what a mess! He will stay inside until his new escape proof aviary is fully built." - Monika

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