Beaker Update: Or How I Know That My Bird Watches Television
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[More:]So Beaky is getting used to a lot of stuff. Today both the wife and I had to leave the house. We put him in his cage and he was not happy. We closed the blinds and turned off the TV. (We used to leave it on for Scooby) Beaker does not like being in his cage. He was weaned in a little glass tank. When he was bigger he shared a huge tank in the pet store. He has never been caged. This makes him a combination of scared and frustrated. Even though we put him in the cage at night to sleep (and he's not too happy about that) he's never been in his cage for very long during the day.
So we left feeling as if we had done something wrong to our birdie!
After my doctor's appointment we went right home. Beaker was fine. In fact we could tell that he had been sleeping. Our fears of him hurting himself somehow were unfounded.
We also worried that he would show anger when we returned. Scooby, our Quaker, could be really pissy when we came home :-) But no. He was just really happy to see us again. He got treats for being such a good boy. A hurdle has been passed.
Another thing that I noticed the other day is kinda funny. I had Beaky on my shoulder. The TV was on but I was on Twitter and so not watching. (Shut up, you do it too) Anyway he started to hiss and his crest went up. I was surprised and looked around the room to see what might have surprised him. Nothing there, So I look at the TV. It's the local news doing a thing on convicts training helper dogs. Just then they show a dog walking towards the camera. From the dog's height. Beaker hisses again! He's scared of the doggie on the TV!
Instead of laughing I calmed him. His body was up to my ear and his heart was RACING!
I told my wife who was in her office upstairs and she kinda didn't believe me.
So last night I had gone to bed early. I was on Twitter (shut up) on my phone when she starts laughing in the living room. She comes in and says, "He did it again! You were right."
She was watching The Dog Whisperer. Any time that they showed a dog from a low angle walking toward the camera, Beaker would freak out.
Now I know that there are people that say that pets don't actually perceive anything on TV but colors and sound. But I think this proves them wrong. At least where cockatoos and other intelligent birds are concerned.
BTW. If the mods don't think that i should post any more updates. Like if this is spamming the forum or something. I will make this the last one.
Otherwise, love you all. And kisses from Beaker. :>