Kermit, my Senegal Parrot, the only angel left in the family, had some changes in his behaviors. He’s really quiet most of the time and less active. Probably, he realized that Kiki was no longer there to bug him. Kermit is not the only experiencing the change, including me and my family members were still missing all the fun and laughter brought over by Kiki.
Life is indeed monotonous without Kiki now. I’ve to admit the blog started to be a little less exciting without the presence and updates of Kiki.
Lately, I tried to dig out some unrevealed videos and pictures of Kiki to share with everyone. Here’s another video captured on 23rd May this year, featuring Kiki with Kermit on the playstand:
These was the closest they can get. Kiki was expecting a share of the food with Kermit, but Kermit seemed couldn’t be bothered by Kiki’s reaction. Probably Kermit was still living in his own world at that stage!
It’s already the 15th day since Kiki went missing during one incident. Till now, we still have no news about Kiki. My family members and I have learned to accept the truth that Kiki will never come back. We do hope she’s definitely doing well now and some friendly souls will take good care of her.
In order to commemorate Kiki, I had decided to share some of the unrevealed videos of Kiki and releasing a special video collection of Kiki in my coming posts. I’m also planning for a campaign to commemorate Kiki, so do stay tune to the blog for details.
It’s the third day since Kiki flew off from the Kitchen window. We are still expecting the return of Kiki, although chances of happening are definitely slim.
Thank you guys for your concerns and supports. I’m truly grateful for all these.
My family members and I are definitely feeling much better, and we learned to accept the fact. We have to move on.
This late afternoon I happen to spot an “entertaining” comments made on one of the notices (refer to picture right) that I pasted at the lift lobby.
Seriously I don’t whether to laugh or not to laugh, after reading the comments.
This anonymous writer added the following lines to my notice:
“How to find? The bird has wings.”
First of all, I had to thank this anonymous person for highlighting these “already known” fact that birds have wings. Even my young nieces and nephews knew that bird has wings.
I had to admit the anonymous writer who made the comments wasn’t completely wrong about this, but he/she seems to have a hidden agenda for doing this. What is he/she trying to portray?
Such comments made during this difficult period is equivalent to rubbing salt on an open wound. Seriously I felt quite hurt when reading the comments.
Why is it so? I’ve my explanations for all these:
First, with these comments, he/she simply diminished our dreams for the return of Kiki. Probably with 50% of hope initially, and now extinguished to 0% of hope after reading it. These comments are absolutely discouraging.
Secondly, I’m very convinced that he/she never knew that such notices placed at neighborhood does bring miracles. Number of owners managed to get back their beloved parrots through the effect of placing missing notices around the the neighborhood. Who knows Kiki happens to be in someone’s home, the homeowner come to realize that I’m looking for her after seeing my notices.
Thirdly, I was greatly upset because someone made this “grafitti” on my notice. This greatly reflect he/she shown little respect for the owner who is in anxiety in finding back the missing companion parrot.
Here are some questions that I had been pondering about:
Why does he/she has to write these comments?
Why there’s always a minority trying to shatter someone’s last glimpse of hope?
Is this selfishness or being sadistic?
Are these the ugly side of the entire human race?
The comments definitely sound sarcastic to me. I don’t know what his/her objective for placing this line, perhaps he/she is trying express something else (probably out of curiosity) that I misunderstood?
Although I’ve yet to know what his/her thoughts for those line, but I’m already badly affected emotionally through those lines.
Finally, I’ve something to share (especially to the anonymous writer) that not all birds and parrots have the full ability or luxury to be fully flighted. Household Parrots are mostly wing clipped (means trimming on the flight feathers to restrict flight to a certain extend), thus I’m very confident that Kiki is still within the neighborhood and not flying anywhere further.
I never ever expect myself printing and pasting these missing notices around the neighborhood. I kept telling myself that this could be just the wildest dream I had. In fact, I just trying to be naive and refusing to accept the fact.
Looking at the empty cage of Kiki, the complete quiet household environment, I’ve to admit Kiki can never be back.
It all happen this morning at around 8.45am. It started pouring outside, and my mum decided to collect the laundry hanging outside. Apparently Kiki was happily sitting on mum’s shoulder, but at that split second Kiki decided to take off and flew right out of the window. Mum shouted “Kiki!”, the moment I dashed to the kitchen without seeing the presence of Kiki, I was very certain what actually happened.
Mum clarified that Kiki flew down to void deck. For the moment, I hoped she’s joking, but when she threw all the laundry on the floor and left the house swiftly, I knew I had to accept the fact. Mum and I hurried down to the void deck from our apartment unit located at the 10th Storey.
We combed the whole neighborhood for Kiki, but she was no where to be found. Neither she was hiding in the bushes or canopy of trees. I didn’t even hear any piercing calls of Kiki. She even didn’t response to my calls.
My greatest fear that she might had already ended a feast for the crows and stray cats. When I spoted a couple of black cats down at the void deck, I kept telling myself, this could be one incident that I will be parting with her forever, never seeing her ever again.
3 hours after the incident happened, still no sign and calls from Kiki, I decided to gave up the search. In the end I rushed back home created this Missing Notice of Kiki and got my buddy, Wee Chong to print out for me in colour. I pasted the notice around the neigborhood, and even passed a few copies to the security guards from Regent Heights Condominium and the management of the Mosque. I’m hoping any kind soul who happened to found Kiki would return her back to us.
Another 2 hours later, I decided to conduct another comb down at the void deck and the surrounding areas. Unfortunately still no sign of Kiki. What really sadden me was that my notices at some spot were removed by someone. Even I tried replacing the notices, the moment when I was back at my own block apartment, the notices were gone again.
No matter how hard I worked, everything’s back to square-one. I really felt helpless.
Surprisingly I lost all my appetite I skipped my breakfast, lunch and dinner. Till now I aren’t hungry. My initial thought was Kiki.
Kiki, I missed you so much!
Weather has been bad lately. Either it can goes as hot and humid than usual or rainy and wet throughout the whole day.
The big phenomenon in the climate does bring some worries whether Kermit and Kiki can really handle the change.
Yesterday was just another hot and sunny afternoon. Kiki will just perch on the playstand enjoying her usual day meal while I’m working on project and returning email from my work desk nearby.
About 45 minutes later, I noticed a complete silence in the activity room. Surprisingly, I spotted Kiki tugging in and napping on the crock cup. I tried to capture at that very moment, but apparently the “clicking” sound from the camera had woke Kiki up accidentally. I felt really apologetic for causing the disturbance.
Talking about bird sleep, I’m sure almost all bird owners have noticed that birds are very sensitive to surrounding even they asleep. The slightest sound or movement of the surroundings can alarm and work them up immediately. The interesting part, birds don’t really close both eyes during sleep. I noticed Kermit and Kiki while napping they tend to open their eyes on one side, perhaps to maintain vigilant to watch out for any dangers.
Guess it’s just their natural instincts!
To Cover or Not to Cover?
Last Friday was Kiki’s one year old birthday. Although I wasn’t really sure about Kiki’s actual hatch day, even the breeder who I got Kiki from wasn’t sure too, but I decided to make 27th June as an official date for Kiki’s birthday.
Neither did I throw a party for her nor invite other feathered friends to the celebration, but a simple one.
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For past few days when replacing the Kiki’s cage linings, I noticed quite a number of feathers (mainly primary and secondary) lying at the bottom of the cage. The feathers are complete with no sign of any plucking and picking. Kiki seems to be going through a serious feather molting process, definitely a tough period for Kiki.
Furthermore, many of Kiki’s flight feathers were fully regrown. She definitely in for another grooming session to have her flight feathers trimmed.
By the way this coming Friday will be her one year birthday. Three more days to the big day, I’m still deciding what treat I’m going to prepare for her. Everyone in the family is truly excited, especially my mum.
To Wing Clipped or Not To?
Kiki has coming to 11 months old and soon be turning 1 year old by late June this year. Kiki was merely with us since August 2007, with a short 9 months companionship she had learned a surprising numbers of tricks.
Last night, I was updating the “About” section, suprisingly I notice I’ve taught 16 tricks and commands in total. Till date, she’s able to perform each and every tricks and commands with no problems at all (although at certain occassion there might be hiccups here and there, but minor mistakes can easily be fine tuned).
I do hope her enthusiasm in learning tricks never ends!