We found him “by accident” sometime back in October. Cara, Mady, Collin and I were at the pet store picking up some water conditioner for our beta fish, Fizzy and Finn. A store employee, with a green and black bird attached to her shirt collar, approached us and asked if we needed any help finding anything. I smiled and jokingly said “No thanks, but do you know you have a bird attached to you?” She laughed and said “yes, this is Zorro.”
We followed her over to Zorros enclosure and spoke about him and our other pets for the next hour. As it turns out, this store manager has Shokas brother! We traded information so that we could get our dogs together to play and continued discussing Zorro.
He’s a five (almost six) month old Black Capped Conure, a small parrot, who is very intelligent, affectionate and can learn to talk. He loves and bonds with people and will live for 30+ years! The more research I did on him, the more I decided that he’d be a great fit for our family! But, I carefully thought through this big decision and decided he’d be a great family gift for Christmas.. Since the store wouldn’t officially hold him til Christmas, we made nearly weekly visits to see him until I had the research done and his cage and supplies ordered. Yesterday was the day for pick up so we all loaded up and very excitedly headed off to the pet store to pick Zorro up! It was a wonderful experience as we learned final instructions from the store staff. They all kissed him goodbye as we placed him into his little travel case we bought for him.
He was quite frightened at first, but once we had his cage set up (his “big” permanent cage hasn’t arrived yet) up and had him inside of it, he settled down and began to explore. After a celebratory pizza dinner, we took turns letting him ride on our shoulders all night… The most heart warming part of our first evening with Zorro was when he began his nightly chirping.. From way across the room, Alexis imitated his sound and they continued to “communicate” back and forth all evening while we were doing after dinner chores!
The kids and I are in love already.. I even got up earlier than normal this morning to cut up banana bites for Zorro and I served them with dry organic Cheerios!
Oh what fun! With 1 dog, almost 50 chickens, 2 fish and now a parrot, named Zorro…. Go ahead and call me “Mommy Doolittle!!!!”