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November 21, 2002

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Tango, the Pet of the Day
Name: Tango
Age: Five and a half months old
Gender: Female
Kind: Black Cap Lory
Home: Key Largo, Florida, USA
   Tango is a Black Cap Lory (Lorius l. erythrothorax aka Red Breasted Lory or Salvadori) that was born on 4/24/02. These birds grow to be 12" in length with wings that are 6-7" long. They come from southeast New Guinea, west to Huon Peninsula in north and Purari River in south. They eat lory fruit solution, pollen, brewer's yeast, rice flakes, and multi-grain flakes, dextrose also biscuit softened in lory solution; plenty of fruit of all types, particularly apple, banana, grapes and orange; fresh branches with buds and flowers for chewing; proprietary food as extra; live food in small quantities (mealworms, cockroaches and greenfly); egg food with added dextrose, calcium and hard-boiled egg.

    Tango is the sweetest bird I know of. She is so very gentle with me when she plays. She really is a wonderful companion. She has never bitten me once! And those nails of hers are well behaved. She is very active, playful, and inquisitive. The moment I let her out of her cage she starts licking my face. That tongue of hers is very long and wet. When I reach my hand out to her she rolls over on her back ready for more play time. She spends lots on her back. In Tango's eyes everything is a toy. Most people that know Black Cap Lories know them for outstanding intelligence, good talking abilities, gorgeous plumage, playfulness, and good sense of humor. Tango has not started talking yet but I think she will by the way she makes the noises she already does. Due to her diet of fruit, vegetables, nectar, lory powder, and other things housekeeping is a little more involved with her than most birds.

    Tango is very acrobatic and spends much of her effort hopping around rather than walking like other birds do. She rather prefers hanging upside down while in her cage. She just enjoys herself to no end. Tango lives with three cats that she is never worried about. It is funny to watch Tango hop onto one of my cats backs. It sends my cats running away so quick I didn't know they could run that fast before. She also lives with Echo, my Sun Conure and BJ, my normal male grey cockatiel. These Black Cap Lories are expensive when compared to cockatiels and Sun Conures to both maintain and purchase.

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