This is Lola, our beautiful gold and blue macaw. She’s been in the clinic way before I studied to become a Vet assistant. She can be a little bitey sometimes, but still a sweetheart.
The arrival of the weekend is often looked upon with favor by most folks as it signals a focus away from work and the like, though as my colleagues will attest, that's not the case with pet sitters as we work each day of the week. That said, I can't say I take issue with that at all as I really love what I do. Admittedly, I look forward to Fridays for a very different reason: It's a time when I indulge in a meaningful aspect of my business—by offering a lagniappe, a little something extra—which I call Free Visit Friday.
Each Friday as is my weekly tradition, I select a pet (or pets, in some households) who I feel could use some additional attention and time and I do so at no additional charge.
This week, I chose MisterBean. He is a Goffin's cockatoo (some use the terms Tanimbar corella or Goffin's corella). These birds—who were endemic to forests in Indonesia are now found on other islands—are highly intelligent. They can solve complex puzzles and exercise self-control, are capable of anticipating delayed gain and have been observed fashioning "tools" out of found objects to gain access to food that's out of reach. Goffin's, as I understand it, are the smallest of white cockatoos. MisterBean and I are busy doing what birds and their caregivers do: solve the world's problems. And play games.
I am highly experienced with exotic birds, and as with dogs and cats, I only employ positive reinforcement and safe handling techniques when interacting with them. I welcome exotic birds as new charges, and so long as they are stick-trained, and feel comfortable being handled by a human new to their trust circle, as MisterBean is, I'm happy to let them roam outside of their enclosure.