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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 08:12 PM

The African Grey parrot Tarbu, believed to be one of the world's oldest domestic parrots, uttered his final farewell to Nina Morgan, 89, as she made her way to bed.

He was so weak the next morning that he couldn't manage his usual greeting of "Hello, my darling" and dropped dead from his perch.

Mrs Morgan believes his longevity was down to a life of "being spoilt" - from munching his favourite Kit Kats to watching Emmerdale and Coronation Street every night.

He lived an eventful life having been rescued from an animal trader in Tanzania in 1957 and was once taken into police custody after going missing.

The parrot was known for being vocal and would shout "Cheerio, bye, see you soon" to Mrs Morgan every time she left the house.


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Posted 14 September 2012 - 08:29 PM

Poor lady will miss this lovely bird :cry:

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 09:32 PM

Sounds like the parrot lived a happy long life though....better than many animals.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 09:34 PM

I had a friend in Puebla, Mexico whose parrot was older than 55.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 09:39 PM

sniff....I miss my bird.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 09:57 AM

Awww,what a sweetie .

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 11:23 AM

We saved our first cockatiel from a hawk in our front garden. He was tame, very friendly, loved tea towels and tissues (with tissues, we used to put them ontop of him and he'd look like a Ye Old ghost costume. If you held a tea towel infront of him, he'd chatter away for hours, and if you had enough product in your hair, and if it was long enough, he'd make a nest while he sat on your head. Unfortunately, he died a year after we rescued him. Mum found him on the bottom of his cage lying on his side, and all day she tried to help him for as long as she could. I didn't get home in time from finishing school, so I never got to say goodbye to him. :(

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 01:35 PM

I have a Golden Mantelled Rosella Parakeet. They only live 15 years in the wild and have been known to live up to 20 in captivity. Mine is 23. I never taught him to talk but he says the odd thing. And i do spoil him. He loves salt n vinegar crisps, green beans, sweetcorn, chips and squirty cream. Maybe why he has lived so long.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 01:55 PM

Bless him.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 02:30 PM

View PostStill Waters, on 14 September 2012 - 08:12 PM, said:

Mrs Morgan believes his longevity was down to a life of "being spoilt" - from munching his favourite Kit Kats to watching Emmerdale and Coronation Street every night.

So the parrot was a soap junkie too  lol..I find that  very cute and so lovely.. It is like having another intelligent being  with you..     Sorry for laughing a little at this bit...I just found the parrot  amazing...Just picturing him watching the soaps munching on kit kats... that is funny ..I wonder if he yelled at the TV  like the rest of the soap viewers..saying -  "Squak  No don't do it, you can't slepp with him, he is your long lost brother......ohh no  Squak  no"    lol   ( I joke in a harmless way on that )

But  the sad thing is.. the poor fella  past away.. and  I would imagine the poor woman was lost...I am glad she did spoil him.. I think it gave him great innings...

I felt the same away about my old dog.. he too was spoilt..and he had good innings too

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 02:44 PM

Very sad. I share my life with an African Gray (can't say 'own'), and would be devastated to lose him.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 03:00 PM

My last words are going to be great.
I've been thinking about 'em for awhile.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 09:38 PM

I am always astonished by our pet's pragmatic intelligence and particularly their ability to comunicate with us. They learn the concept of their names, they read the intonation of our voices, they read our facial expressions, and they may even pick up a few words of our language. And, when was the last time one of us really learned to communicate in parrot, or cat, or ...

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 11:24 PM

And a fond cheerio to you Tabu...

Edited by Lava_Lady, 16 September 2012 - 11:27 PM.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 11:33 PM

Cheerio  Tarbu...

I remember reading a kids novel about an African Grey that was extremely intelligent but only talked to the boy who owned him (early 80's, boy gets pet he doe not want and they become great friends), its a long shot but does it ring any bells for anyone?

I would love to get a copy and read it to my kids...

View PostKing Fluffs, on 16 September 2012 - 03:00 PM, said:

My last words are going to be great.
I've been thinking about 'em for awhile.

Immortality does give you the time to do such thinking...

Edited by Junior Chubb, 16 September 2012 - 11:35 PM.

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