I have been living with the Van der Nent family for one month now. On the first day of this year, when I was only five weeks old, I became a part of their life. At first I was a little nervous, but in a few days I felt I had become a full member of the family. All the attention I got made me prosper. However, although I may look like a full-grown parrot to the inexperienced eye, I am still considered a toddler. I am totally dependent on my human parents and it will be four more years before I am fully mature.
They say that you get used to everything. This is true, but still we miss our Dandy. We phone to the refugee center regularly to ask about our Dandy, and the answers are always the same: Dandy is still in quarantine but fine, he has adjusted well, he has stopped picking his feathers, he is between other Greys, although still in the same cage on his own. We are not allowed to visit him yet, but we will, as soon as his quarantine period is over!