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January 17, 2000

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Sprout, the Pet of the Day
Name: Sprout
Age: One and a half years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Canary Winged Bee Bee Parrot
Home: East Northport, New York, USA
   Sprout is a Canary Winged Bee Bee Parrot (part of the brotogeris parrots from South America). He came to live with us in April, 1999. Sprout speaks about 25 words including "hello," "good boy," "stop it," "come here," "NO! NO!" and "what a good bird" and he also does a great laugh and a variety of whistles. He picked us out at a parrot store on Long Island and we instantly connected. He lays on his side in my hand and "purrs" while I scratch his head. His favorite tricks include laying on his back in your hand or on the table, he clicks his beak or taps it on the desk as we type on the PC.

    His favorite time of day includes taking a shower with whoever is taking one at the time and when we have mashed potatoes at dinner... he grovels them down on his own little plate like a bulldozer. He loves to creep around and crawl into little hiding places. The red bag in the picture is his velour sleeping bag which he actually crawls inside and lays his head on the pillow.

    What is so great about Sprout is that he loves people in general. Alex, his nine year old "big sister" is his very best friend and the two of them are together every moment of the day. He has his own little shelf in a cabinet over the kitchen counter where he likes to comment and chatter incessantly while you go about your business in the kitchen. At night he loves to watch TV or take his bell ball and ring it loudly so you will throw it and he will "Fetch" it. About 8:30pm he likes to go in his cage where he says "wanna go nights" very quietly and then he gets covered and he goes to sleep. Sprout joining our lives with his loving personality and exuberant attitude has brightened our days all that much more.

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