Branch out and feather your nest with a new companion during January, Adopt-A-Rescued-Bird Month. Amy Vargo of Charlotte, NC, went one better (or perhaps we should say two).
Several years ago her Cockatiel, Merlin, had lost his female companion, though he still had the comfort of his buddy, another Cockatiel named Mellow D. Though time passed, Amy felt that Merlin was still lonesome.
“That night,” she says, “I told [Merlin and Mellow D] that they might both be getting companions and, before going to bed, I noticed that one of them had lifted up the cage door as if to say that the door was open with welcome arms!” (or perhaps open wings).
Amy adopted the two birds, Pearl and Beaky, brought them home, and “there was an instant sense of peace as if they’d been part of the family for quite some time,” she says. “Merlin and Mellow D just adore their new companions and sing them songs of approval each day.” Beaky had a seriously overgrown beak, so Amy had it trimmed.
“It just fills my heart with joy in knowing that all the birds are happy and that Beaky can now eat properly and live a comfortable life,” Amy says.