Today Sophia bought a new toy for my cage. She heard that African Greys are very conservative birds who shun anything new and unusual, so she tricked me into liking it. It is a chain with a string of wooden blocks. She hung it in my cage when I was sitting on her shoulder, watching closely what she was doing. Since I was not in the cage myself, I didn't feel attacked, just curious. After ten minutes, when this strange object still didn't appear to be dangerous, I collected my nerves and went on my way. I liked the toy so much that I didn't even want to come out of my cage after a couple of hours.
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!