Curious JoJo Hutchinson

I got JoJo from a niece because she was working all day and he wasn't getting enough attention. 

I said, “No.” at first because I had lost some pets before and didn't want to deal with another loss my daughter convinced me to get him. He came with a big cage and he was in a shoebox with holes punched in it.

We put the cage together and put him in along with food and water. From then on we liked each other.

I learned that they are very territorial. Don't try to touch anywhere near their cage when they are in it. Once the door was open and JoJo flew to the stand we built for him we could approach him without him trying to bite us.

At night he would go back in his cage and go to sleep. In the morning mornings I let him out and put some little things on the table for him to play with. We even made him a little ladder for him to land on and climb on. He used it a lot.

JoJo and I got to know and like each other. I let him stay out of his cage all day. A few days later I set up a mirror to see what he would do. He loved it. He would stand in front of it and open his beak and rock back and forth. He had plastic chain rings to play with and would pick one up and look at himself in the mirror.

I started calling his mirror buddy. He didn't want to leave his buddy to go back to his cage for the night. I had to get his attention and hide the mirror under some newspaper on the table. Then he went back to his cage and I closed the door for the night.

He loved his buddy. He started going to the papers every morning when I opened his cage door and trying to look under them. When I said, “buddy.” he would chirp.

One day I was working at the craft table and he noticed me there. He left his buddy and flew over to see what I was up to. He noticed me using a pencil. When I put it down, he would pick it up walk over to the edge of the table and 

drop it on the floor. I picked it up and put it back on the table. He walked over and picked it up again and did It again.

When I did my exercises, JoJo would fly down on the floor with me and walk around me. One day he flew down and landed on my head while I was exercising. I tried to show him away and his feet got caught in my hair. My hair was long so it took me a few minutes to untangle him.

When I had a shower and came out with a towel on my head he would whistle at me like a man to a pretty woman I don't know who taught him that but I thought it was cute.

He would fly around the kitchen and living room looking for me if I was out of sight. Sometimes he would chirp.

One day while I was having a shower my husband came in the front door and JoJo flew out. I think he was looking for me. That was the last time I saw him. 

It hurts losing a bird or animal when you get to know and love them.

Contributed by WOW Gal Pat Hutchinson

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