Caper’s Plea for Caring
“A Love Story for
Our Little Bird of a Different Feather”
I have been a bird lover since
working professionally with large parrots, McCaw’s and
Cockatoos when I was much younger as a teen ager working
at Walt Disney World and the old Discovery Island (which
no longer exist…sadly). I completely and forever feel in
love with them all.
Ten years ago my wife and I decided
to bring home two baby black headed caiques, both brother
and sister which we named Caper Lee (boy) and Basil Sue
(girl). They were amazing together. Caper and Basil used
to play hard hopping and rolling on the floor and climbing
on our laps. We were one big happy family.
One day at 3 ˝ years old, Basil had
a freak accident and died from it. I rushed home from work
as soon as I found out. I have always considered myself a
strong man, but when I picked up her tiny body I could not
help but drop to my knees and grieve deeply. Some say
these animals are “like part of the family” …I say they
are not “Like” part of the family…. They “ARE” part of my
Caper and Basil used to go to bed
at night after getting sleepy on my shoulder. I would walk
them to their cage where inside there was a cozy tent my
wife skillfully made. They would both jump in and cuddle
up and go to sleep. It was a very consistent and pleasant
nightly routine, which I always looked forward too. Then I
would cover their cage and they would sleep peacefully
thru the night uninterrupted without another sound.
The night Basil died I allowed
Caper to see her and say goodbye in his own way. He
preened her and watched over her for an hour and then I
removed her for her final parting. That night I went to
tuck Caper into bed as usual. He jumped into his tent like
always and waited for Basil to follow. He called for her…
but of course, she never came. That night and the
following nights, Caper repeated this effort. After about
a week he stopped calling and I guess he realized she
would not be coming back.
It is now 6 ˝ years later. It has
been difficult to find the right female for him. I was
also unsure if another little girl would be accepted by
him. Caper eats well and plays with us extremely well but
he has never slept soundly again. In the night, he wakes
and cries for me…literally like a baby…wanting me to come
hold him for a minute or so, which I do gladly. He will
quickly climb onto my chest and tuck his little head under
my chin where it is warm. My hands cradle him close and he
feels comforted. Then as he calms down, he goes back to
bed and sleeps for a few more hours. Often in the night I
hear him walking around or eating a bit and I realize he
is restless and lonely. I do my best to comfort him…but I
will never be Basil.
I am reaching out to you and any of
your contacts in the bird adoption or owner/parent world.
I realize your site says you have no adoptions at this
time, but perhaps you may later or you might remember us
to your friends and associates who may be able to help our
little Caper…and me.
I am trying to find a female Caique
between the ages of five and ten years old. I think this
is a good age range that may prove to be more readily
accepted by Caper, as he is a young adult now.
have read many post on various sites wherein hundreds of
people have troubles with their caiques with violence and
wild behavior and feather picking, etc. Most experts agree
that these birds are not for beginners and require an
experienced owner with a stronger than average
constitution, such as myself.
For the comfort of
anyone considering allowing us to adopt their little girl
caique, I will tell you more about us and how our birds
are treated. Our birds have very large Kings cages (one
each 36”x24”x48”). These birds are very active and
athletic and require a great deal of extra space due to
their high energy lifestyles. Still at night Basil and
Caper slept in one cage together and then we would have
the second cage when they needed their own space…which
happens time to time.
We are not the type of bird
owner/parents that I unfortunately hear of far too often,
who feeds their birds a diet of seeds and pellets and
walks away feeling as if they have done their job. Our
birds get a handpicked mix of human grade foods each day,
which include most items we eat such as chia seeds,
quinoa, flax seeds, raw nuts including cashews, almonds,
walnuts and hazel nuts and raw unsalted pistachios and
they also get a helping of Harrison’s Pellets.
Caper gets a large variety of foods
to expansive to list herein such as dried figs, which he
loves to devour slowly. He also gets many fresh foods and
this is easy for us since we are very nutritionally minded
in our own lives. We eat fresh fruits and smoothies daily
and make vegetable drinks for lunch. While we are cutting
up all these organic ingredients, we always share them
with Caper. I also make him fresh sprouted seeds and
grains and legumes for dinner mixed with fresh vegetables
like sweet potato, carrots and red bell peppers. He loves
olives also...he has excellent taste.
is a very healthy boy but he does pick his feathers a bit
on his chest and some on his legs at night when he is
lonely. He nor Basil never did this behavior when she was
alive. He is by no means balding himself but I know in my
heart that this is a reaction to his need for a companion.
own my own company and often work from home (thank God)
and this allows Caper to be free most of the day. He has a
tree stand and he loves to sit outside with me in the
mornings and call to the wild birds landing on our bird
feeders just outside of our screened in porch. He has a
good life here but I want to make it great again for him.
I believe he would welcome a girl companion. I hope you or
your friends can help.
little girl bird comes into our lives will come into a
home life of abundant love and great care. She will be
healthy, happy and as free as any home dwelling bird can
be. I even think of the future so I am leaving a trust for
my animals so they can be cared for, even after I am gone
someday. The only thing I cannot provide myself is the
same species attention Caper needs from another girl bird.
you have read this far, I thank you for taking this time.
If you can post this or pass this on to someone who may
have a little girl caique who would welcome a handsome new
fellow like our Caper Lee, we would greatly appreciate it.
Even if it takes some time, we are open to the wait. We
will also be careful in our attempts to reunite him with
another bird with slow patient introductions because he
has never met another bird outside of Basil. However; his
actions seem to be very obvious with his affections. We
believe this new girl will be welcomed readily and with
excitement. I and Caper hope she will feel the same way.
want to thank you and your friends for any and all help
you can afford us. In the meantime, keep up the great work
you are doing for our feathered friends. We wish you a
Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Warm Kind Regards,
James Peeler… Caper’s