…He loved me and I left him and now he don’t love me no more…
When I was in San Francisco last month I stayed with my best friend Jeannie. When we were planning our move to Mexico we asked her if she’d mind taking care of our yellow shouldered Amazon, Tiko, for a couple of weeks until we got settled in our new house. I planned to fly up and bring him down on the plane with me.
I went to the Department of Agriculture here, and talked to the airlines, and did my best to research how to bring him into Mexico with me. My friend Jeannie works for a veterinarian and she talked to people she knew in US Customs. It seems bird flu, the poultry business, the H1N1 virus, and the CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) Agreement have conspired to keep our pet outside of Mexico.
Tiko is a US born bird, bred in captivity. He has his papers and is healthy. We have now given up hope that he’ll join us in Mexico. I know Jonna and Mimi in Merida recently made the hard decision to permanently place their birds, as they had been hoping like we had that they’d be able to bring them to their new home. Acquaintances here in Mazatlán remodeled their house to create a fantastic aviary for their two birds in Canada – and they are similarly frustrated.
So one of the things I was looking forward to when I made my recent trip was getting to visit with Tiko again after almost three years. I didn’t know if he’d remember me, or what to expect. When I walked into the room it was late afternoon and all the birds in Jeannie’s bird room were pretty excited. They were all displaying their tail feathers and climbing all over their cages. Tiko recognized me, but he was just very interested in me – nothing more.
I spoke to him and he watched me and responded a little, but it was obvious to me he had bonded with Jeannie’s other birds and Jeannie. This didn’t make me sad as I thought it might since it is obvious that he can’t come with me and should be bonded with Jeannie as his new owner.
Jeannie has other birds – in the video below you will see and hear Sally (an Amazon), Peaches (a Cockatoo), Oscar (a 40 year old Double Yellowhead Amazon), and Tiko. Not shown in the video are Arnie (a 40 year old Mexican Red Headed Amazon) and two cockatiels. Tiko is about 7 years old, and has now spent almost three years with Jeannie. At the beginning of the video the birds are all getting a squirt bottle bath.
I am sad that Tiko and I didn’t have a bit of a cuddle like we used to, but I am happy that he loves Jeannie and has settled into his new home.