Julie Zickefoose and Charlie the Parrot
Posted by lisagbrown on March 16, 2008
There was a wonderful story on NPR last week about a woman and her relationship with her parrot. You can read or listen to the piece here:
Writer Julie Zickefoose provides a great education about how pet parenting is not a job to be undertaken lightly, particularly in the case of an animal that lives a very long time. Her relationship with Charlie is loving, intimate, and devoted, and she has all the scars to prove it. Literally. Her honesty over the trials and tribulations of parenting an exotic bird is already bringing her kudos from rescuers who try to warn people away from adopting or purchasing animals that don’t make the best companions. Yet, her devotion to Charlie (despite behavior that would typically be incompatible with most people) is admirable.
You can read more about Julie and her thoughts on birds at her blog, Julie Zickefoose.