Yesterday I dropped into a pet store called Fauna on the Upper West Side, because it had a sign saying “Exotic Birds” and I thought: “Sweet! Free zoo.” Indeed, it had a small bird habitat with all sorts of awesome birds.
I got into a conversation with Daniel, the store’s owner, about the bonding abilities of these animals. I looked at their small heads, imagined their small brains, and said: “These things probably could care less about humans.”
In response, Daniel opened the cage of a nearby parrot. The parrot instantly darted out, landed on Daniel’s shoulder, and started frantically nuzzling against his face. It was quite a demonstration. What amazing creatures.
Everyone is always so shocked that parrots can make great pets. But first you must respect them, and if they deem you worth their attention, you will have a lifelong friend.