October 16, 2012 @ 12:00 PM

In Gonzo’s memory
Our African Grey
1986-2012

Gonzo was born in the wild.  He was captured 26 years ago, banded and brought to the US.  His first mom chose him from a cage full of surviving young, scared African Greys at a local pet store.  She immediately set about the task of taming him. I can only imagine the difficulty of socializing a frightened baby bird that had been ripped from its homeland and natural habitat.  I understand the two of them spent many frustrating hours closeted in the bathroom…she would equip herself with a towel and treats and attempt to coax Gonzo into allowing a human’s touch. 

Although I have little details of Gonzo’s early days, apparently bird and owner drew...

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