|When we adopted Jesse in 2005, her brother had been
adopted by a family in Pennsylvania. Later that summer, her brother
unexpectedly died (he had a heart condition). When we realized in
2006 that we'd have to find a new home for her, we contacted them through
the breeder and asked if they were interested. They said that they
were, and we exchanged a few emails, but by the time autumn came and we
had to get 'serious' about it, they stopped communicating.
I was panic-stricken.
It seemed reasonable to me that homes for the other
birds would be fairly easy to find - but Jesse's situation was quite
different. Not as many people would be interested in a large macaw,
even one as loving as her.
The prospect of handing her over to someone who
might not understand how to properly care for and train a bird like her
was my nightmare.
I'm delighted to say, however, it worked out
beautifully. After talking to all my bird-loving friends (and
soliciting their help in finding a new home) I contacted the bird club
that Stephen and I belonged to and asked to place an advertisement on
their website and newsletter. I advertised both Jesse and Pakshi
(homes had been found for the others by then). As it turns out, the
man who handles the newsletter and website expressed an interest in Pakshi
- and when he and his wife came to meet him, they saw Jesse and asked
about her, too.
In the end, Frank and Theresa adopted her and Pakshi.
They showed from the beginning that they would be perfect parronts for
both birds. Pakshi went home with them right away, but they left
Jesse with me for a while. As they waited for the right time to take
her home, they visited her (at least once a week) and worked with her to
gain her confidence. She was very tough on them, flying away from
them and generally making quite a fuss. I knew that she'd settle
down eventually - and was gratified to see that they were so intent on
gaining her confidence and trust. I knew that people this patient
and loving would be perfect for her.
So finally the day came, and they took her home with
This could have been the end of the story - but it's
Frank and Theresa email me every so often and share
with me the latest story about something amazing Jesse did (she learned to
turn the lights on/off and kept adjusting the thermostat when they were
out of the room). And gradually there were stories about how she
would now "step" for them, and email'd photos of her sitting
Jesse now lives in a home that has several birds,
including several large macaws. She now has a boyfriend.
"Lido" is a 30 year old scarlet macaw who tolerates her playful
attention and even allowed her to take over his cage (she and he have
swapped cages now). She's well loved, well treated and looked after
by people who understand her and treasure her for the fantastic companion
...and we're all living happily ever after.
Jesse as an infant (June 4, 2005)