Cockatoo love
December 12, 2006 5:02 PM   Subscribe

A Tale of Two Cockies. A Story of Love, Compassion, Friendship & Loyalty. [Via MoFi.]
posted by homunculus (15 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Thanks heaps, that made my day. Great post
posted by mattoxic at 6:48 PM on December 12, 2006

In my neck of the woods "cocky" refers to a (male) farmer, so this story is not what I thought it was going to be.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 6:56 PM on December 12, 2006

" About eight years ago a wild Australian Sulphur Crested Cockatoo flew into a car and broke it's wing."

posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:03 PM on December 12, 2006

Wow, what a neat story! Thanks!!
posted by Rubber Soul at 7:45 PM on December 12, 2006

Great story, thanks for posting it.
posted by TungstenChef at 8:27 PM on December 12, 2006

Aw! So sweet!
posted by Jess the Mess at 8:34 PM on December 12, 2006

Birds rock, endlessly. Thanks for posting this.

For more wild bird and captive human goodness, see - the website of San Francisco's Telegraph Hill parrot caretaker.
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 8:57 PM on December 12, 2006

This is the most disgustingly adorable thing I've seen in months.
posted by drstein at 9:01 PM on December 12, 2006

I had no idea that baby cockatoos looked like that. It's like something from a Godzilla movie. Just imagine one of those stamping on tall buildings...
posted by Help, I can't stop talking! at 9:02 PM on December 12, 2006

cockatoos are better than people.
posted by carmina at 11:33 PM on December 12, 2006

Oh, cute story you want would be nice? Gather 'round my little me-fites. Harken:

My wife surprised me last night with an early gift. We drove to a small house waaaay on the south side of town. She told me to wait in the car. After 15 minutes she called me on her cell phone to come in. I did. A soft flutter of wings and a familiar "tuk-tuk-tuk" at my shoulder.

Pistachio, my indian ring-neck parrot, had escaped a cage last June. A man had seen his bright green plumage in the now bare trees and enticed him to a cage, then checked an online lost pet site and called my wife.

6 months on the wing. 30 miles away. Across 3 major interstates.

Merry Christmas.
posted by hal9k at 7:17 AM on December 13, 2006 [2 favorites]

The amount of free time some people have is shocking.
posted by Ynoxas at 8:16 AM on December 13, 2006

This was a great story. Thanks for sharing.

Sadly I can no longer be a bird owner since I am too irresponsible - having let both my cockatiels escape accidentally a few months apart. :-(
posted by shoesietart at 3:52 PM on December 13, 2006

aww homunculus, so glad I checked out your lovebirds post, a tender-hearted story! The people who saved the one winged bird also seem delightful. How charming it is the male cockatoo broke into the cage (way smart bird!) to mate with his flightless beloved.

I had a couple of baby pigeons (squabs) hatch on my NYC fire escape a few years back and they were every bit as plug ugly as those cockatoo chicks, yet amazingly blossomed into beauties.

In case anyone hasn't seen this old cyber chestnut on the parrot topic, it's Einstein the African grey.

Thanks for the unexpected smiles.
posted by nickyskye at 5:44 PM on December 13, 2006

ps hal9k , What a nice and unusual reunion! Great Christmas present. Congratulations. :)
posted by nickyskye at 5:47 PM on December 13, 2006

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