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Attack of the killer parrot!

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The doctor came for his regular monthly visit to Susie this morning. He and Merlin have known each other since we first got him at 18 weeks, 4 years ago and never had any reaction from Merlin apart from a little curiosity about what Peter ( the doctor) has in his bag.

 

By chance, for the first time ever, Merlin was out of his cage this morning when Peter arrived, and as soon as he walked in Merlin started walking up and down the perch on top of his cage, growling, and then as soon as Peter started checking Susie's heart, Merlin launched himself at his shoulder and clamped his beak on Peter's ear so hard he drew blood. He then shot off back to his perch. A few minutes later, Peter went to take a blood sample and Merlin dive-bombed him and took a lump out of the back of his hand. By the time Peter left, Merlin had bitten his neck in another attack and made the top of his head bleed in a 4th one!!

 

Guard dogs...who needs 'em? Get an African Grey!! :lol:

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OMG :shock: . i'd be mortified. lucky he's not an american doctor or he'd be suing you about now.

He rang back later to say he was ok and not to worry...said he's going out to dinner with colleagues tonight and now he'd have something to talk about!

:lol:

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I have to add a note of caution here ..... please, people, put the bird away after an attack, do not allow the bird to bite again. If you think your bird may bite a visitor - pop him/her in the cage before inviting your guest into the room.

 

I have very unhappy memories of an incident I was told about where a parrot was killed. She flew across the room from her cage top and bit a visitor who reacted by swiping the bird away (just as instinct would tell any of us to do, especially if not used to birds) ..... the poor Grey's neck was broken. Owner and visitor were devastated and the parrot lost her life.

 

Birds' bones are hollow as an aid to them weighing less so increasing their ability to fly and very brittle, easily broken or damaged.

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Sounds like he was protecting your daughter, thought the doctor was hurting her. Defiantely put him away next time he's examining her. It's not Merlins fault, he's looking out for his flock member but it's not fair on the Doctor either if Merlin won't let him do his job.

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I remember a story a customer told me. A little old lady lived alone with an OW Amazon. The old lady was losing her hair but only wore a wig when visitors came, and when visitors came the OW was caged. One day she let a visitor in and quickly stuck her wig on but forgot to cage the bird. The OW shot across the room, violently attacked the wig and flew off with it in her claws like a falcon. much to the lady's embarrassment.

 

(On a serious note I also know of a case of an Amazon seriously injuring a house visitor).

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You know your bird best.

 

I keep my Ekkie in his cage now when visitors come. The reason being is when i first got him he loved all the attention of my friends and would sit on their arm etc...................wait until he'd gained their confidence........................... and then go in with a blimmin hard nip!! :roll:

 

I dont take the risk now..............as soon as visitors arrive he goes in the cage. :D

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You've made me think about this.... i sometimes have people over who pebbles doesn't know.

She's out, on the back of the couch, they sit on the couch and she goes up to them and either

says.. "hello" or "you alright?". She's never shown any signs of unrest around people she doesn't know.

She lets strangers stroke her and sometimes backs off without protest.

I'm wondering if i need to worry.

I would only worry if he shows any sign of agrresions and/or the people who are at your house are wary of birds. People who dont know birds and how they act are liable to swat with their hands and send a bird flying. If Pebbles is OK and calm, and your visitors are calm, then it's a good thing. Helps to keep them socialised too. Like others have said you know your bird best, and just keep an eye out for any agitation.

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My 2 usually stay out, if Sage doesn't like someone then he just yells at them and goes on his stand. Chi is a tart and goes to anyone who will give him a scritch or flip him over for a tickle. I do put them in if someone calls who is scared of birds (or doesn't want pooping on or their clothes air venting)

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we only let freddie out if his 'auntie lyn' is here she is the lady who looks after him when im away though to be honest i would rather not have him out then cos he loves her and lets her tickle him and it makes me a little jealous lol other then that if we have visitors hes away ever since he harrassed a police man cos he wanted his pen lol

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Can I jut say how nice it is that not everybody has jumped on P and S for once?

 

We all love parrots but we choose to mix them in with our lives which are far from perfect.

 

We all make mistakes, and we learn.

 

I for one take me hat off to P and S for the dignity they have shown in this thread...... well done you :)

 

Nobody Is perfect, Neither Are We. (that includes you: you!)

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I have to say that i have learnt something by reading this thread.

 

The reason that I put Pharrell in the cage is to protect my vistors cos im sure he would bite them. The thought hadnt ever entered my head that one of my visitors could potentially harm my bird if they were to swing their arm at him or something if he flew/or attacked them.

 

You learn something new everyday...................and most of it i learn from this forum......... :D:D

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