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Oct 17, 2009

A Tale of Two Cockatoos, Nerang, Queensland, Australia A Story of Love, Compassion, Friendship & Loyalty I received this story from a friend by e-mail and just wanted to share it with everyone at Care2. I do not know who the person is who is caring for this cockatoo family but you will agree, it is a beautiful story....................

About eight years ago a wild Australian Sulphur Crested Cockatoo flew into a car and broke its wing. The motorist took it to the Vet in Nerang, Queensland, who had to amputate the wing. We adopted her - for which we needed a National Parks and Wildlife permit - and kept her in a cage outside where she was often visited by wild Cockatoos. One of the things that impressed us was how she would push lettuce leaves through the bars of the cage, offering food to visitors.  Last Sunday 23 July 2006, she again had a visitor.

Visitor
As usual he spent a lot of time sitting on the cage with a tamper proof latch.

Sitting on cage
There was a lot of talking and grooming. A bloke has to look presentable when courting a bird!

Grooming
Things got interesting when he approached the front door
Front door
The clever fellow figured out how to undo the tamper proof latch!
Opening door
He opened the door for a lot of mutual grooming and food sharing

Food Sharing
Oooh that's nice! Scratch a bit more on that side, dear...
Scratching
He was not shy to get into the cage and would go in and out a number of times
Not shy to go in cage
They mated! We are looking forward to beautiful baby cockatoos. Will keep you posted
Mating
Later on, the whole extended family came visiting but the special mate was back every day so far.
Family Visits
We leave the door open during the day but if we forget, it doesn't matter - cockatoos have intelligence that rival primates. Because she has only one wing, she stays inside or just sits on top. Guess what happened next... 

At first it seemed as though he was annoyed because she did not fly off with him and he would squawk a lot. He soon came to understand that she could not fly so he just stayed. However, she was no longer returning to her cage. The two of them would stay in the trees in our garden and because the yard is well fenced, they were safe from dogs but the neighbour's cat is not kept indoors at night and we often have to chase it away. Chances are the cat would come off second best in a confrontation with a Cockatoo but at night cats remain a danger because they could stalk a sleeping bird on the ground.

The Babies!

Cockatoos make their nests in hollow logs but we noticed the male hard at work digging a hole under a clump of Lilly Pilly trees. We put down a hollow log for them but they just ignored us. The nest he dug was a hole with a short tunnel leading off to where she laid her eggs. Once there were eggs in the nest, the male became extremely aggressive. You better not get near the nest or he will take chunks of flesh from your foot. It was difficult to take these pictures because I literally had to steal them while running away from the male.   

Nesting
We kept a vigil to see how things were progressing. They took turns incubating the eggs and covering the tunnel. After about three weeks, the eggs hatched. Have a careful look at this picture and try to spot the bit of yellow fluff.
Yellow Fluff
Whenever Mum & Dad Cockatoo leave the nest, we try to get a look but you have to do it while running because Dad Cockatoo is chasing you!

Second lap running around the Lilly Pilly trees!
Running around
Well, I hope his mother thinks he is pretty and eventually I might think so too but at the moment, both of them just look like pink balls with a bit of yellow fluff.
Baby!
What a cutie and they are growing fast. Hey! Where's the other one?

TO BE CONTINUED IF AND WHEN i GET MORE NEWS.............
 




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Posted: Oct 17, 2009 4:41pm
Oct 10, 2009

Hi there,

Several people have asked for the patterns to make jackets for the rescued battery hens at Cobblestone Farms Sanctuary. You will find it here:

http://jaysbirds.freehostia.com/pages/henjacket.html 

Also, please be sure to visit Cobblestone Farms

http://www.cobblehillsfarmsanctuary.com/ 

Enjoy!

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