I can't remember if I posted about this, but last June, our beloved male peachface lovebird, Mott The Hoople, passed away. We'd had him since he was a baby, and Mott bonded to me. It was heartbreaking, as those of you who have lost a fid will understand.
I thought that I'd dealt with the loss, though Mr. Pippin didn't think that I had. He told me that I seemed all right on a superficial level at best.
Last Saturday morning, he and Boris drove off to place their sports bets after we'd done the dreaded Saturday morning food shopping as per usual. After the shopping is done, I get dumped at home so I can put everything away and they go to place their bets.
Mr. Pippin and Boris returned, and Mr. Pippin handed me a large bag of birdseed. I thanked him for it, though I was puzzled because I hadn't asked him to swing by the pet store to buy it.
He then gave me a small cardboard bird-carrying box, and claimed that he found it outside the pet store. Startled, I put the box to my ear. "I hear feet scratching inside!" I exclaimed. "Who could have left a tiny budgie outside a pet store in this cold weather!"
Like a mope, I believed Mr. Pip...but not for long.
I gingerly opened the box and clapped eyes on a beautifully-coloured lovebird cowering at the back of the darkened box. I saw Mr. Turkle for the first time. It was love at first sight. He's here a week now, and we have bonded.
He has such a different personality that our late Mott did.
He is a year old. However, the time he spent at the pet store, he was handled and loved by a couple of female employees, and he is extremely well-socialized and is gentle, sweet, and does not bite anyone.
He does have his favourite human, though...me!
Mr. Turkle clings to me like the proverbial clinging vine, same as our late Mott The Hoople did.
I missed having a lovie so much; wasn't that the nicest thing that Mr. Pip did?
This photo is of lookalike birds. I'll soon get pics of Mr. Turkle and post one or two.
The lovebird on the left is a normal green peachface lovebird, which is what Mott The Hoople was.
To the right is a pied peachfaced lovebird, could be a lutino pied, I'd have to check. That would be our Mr. Turkle.
Mr. Turkle puts the 'love' in 'lovebird'.