day I left my son's cockatiel,
Burrito, outside in his cage
because it was a beautiful day.
I had to run to the store but was
not going to be too long. I
got tied up and was longer than I
expected. I got a phone
call from my son informing me
that the bird had plucked his
feathers and was bleeding under
his wings. I rushed home
and rushed him to the vet.
They anesthetized him and cleaned
the wounds and wrapped him up.
His name was Burrito. I
visited later that day and they
informed me that he was doing
very well and I could take him
home that evening and follow up
in two days. I brought him
home and had him in the cage on
the floor right by me in the
kitchen while I was preparing
dinner so I could watch him
closely. I was just
commenting on how well he was
maneuvering his cage being
wrapped up like he was.
What I didn't realize is that he
had no balance at all and went to
get a drink and fell into his
water dish and he drowned.
I ran as fast as I could and
tried to give him air I was
devastated My family was
devastated and most of all my son
was. I still cant get over
this. How a vet could wrap
both wings leaving no chance for
any balance at all. This
happened in seconds I don't
think I will ever get this out of
my mind It is still so
vivid. I felt like I was
living a nightmare.
your stories made me sad thinking
of the wonderful bird I used to
enjoy so much. I now have a
cockatoo Bianca, and she is a
wonderful loving companion.
But the way Burrito had to die
haunts me to this day. *If
only* was all I could say
Note: While a vet can treat a
bird properly and as they are
trained, they may not always know
and understand the particular bird
or its living environment. We must
work as a team with our vet, others
with birds, and share information
and knowledge. I know this
story was very difficult to share,
and I thank you for it.