There are few pets more demanding or more rewarding than owning a parrot. We’ve all heard it’s like having a child, and that’s not an exaggeration. Some pet owners don’t have any idea how much care a parrot needs over a lifetime. If they don’t receive the stimulation, interaction, and love that they crave, they can become destructive and fall into a depression, withdrawing and becoming untrusting and fearful.
That’s how Yazhi Yung found Cookie, a Goffin’s cockatoo, known for their intelligence and mischievous nature. Cookie suffered horribly after his owners got a new dog. The two pit bulls didn’t care for Cookie, and the cockatoo suffered for it. Instead of finding a way to accommodate all of the pets, they made the cruel decision to take Cookie down to a small windowless basement. Deprived of sunlight, of interaction, and of companionship, he withdrew from the world.
Fortunately, his owner put him up for adoption, and Yazhi, now 24, came into his life. Although he was scared of humans and unable to trust her, she wouldn’t give up. She believed that if she kept working with him, he would eventually come around.
“When I first saw Cookie, he was really scared of humans and not social at all😦 But step by step, day by day, we started to have our little bond💕”
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Big thank you to @theavianjunkie and @thebirdybabe for tagging us the #herewearenow challenge!!! Super excited for this challenge😱💕✨ Soo let's say we started our little relationship a little bit more than 5 years now💖 Cookie loves to bath under the sun🔆 But he didnt got the chance to before i adopted him😞 His previous owner kept him alone in a small windowless basement, because he said that his 2 pitbulls don't like Cookie🙁 When i first saw Cookie, he was really scared of human and not social at all😦 But step by step, day by day, we started to have our little bond💕 the little gently side of him show more and more everyday✨ That's when i started to call him my big little gentle baby💖 Cookie is actually a pretty big bird for a goffin🙊 But he still manage to be super gentle when we interact🙈 Even the most little things that you do, like walk to my room all by yourself, warms my heart to the fullest❤️ Cookie, you are the most magical thing that ever happenned in my life💖 Like I told you 5 years ago, I am really excited for the days that will come💕 You will bath as much as you want under the sun as I promised you from day 1🔆 Because what makes you happy, makes me happy❤️ #cookie#cockatoo#goffin#pet#bird#parrot#petstagram#cute#lovely#baby#boy#spring#mtl#love#you#cutie#pie#foreverh
Yazhi was the perfect person to rehabilitate Cookie. She has other birds, and loves animals. She knows that owning a parrot is a lifetime commitment. Even though he sometimes would bite and was afraid to come out of his shell, her patience and perseverance would pay off.
Posting as Cookie, she wrote:
“✨She wants to tell to all future parrots mommy that we will be their life commitment and sometimes, we are not as perfect as we look😐I know, we look pretty darn cute💖 But you know, a bite here and a bite there, a poop here and a poop there, a scream here and a scream there. All we want is you, because all we have is you❤️ So please, when you promise us a forever home, it will be a forever home🏠💕 Pinky promise?✨”
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That afternoon selfie with mommy✌🏼️📷 We will have some forever more memories together💖✨She wants to tell to all future parrots mommy that we will be their life commitment and sometimes, we are not as perfect as we look😐I know, we look pretty darn cute💖 But you know, a bite here and a bite there, a poop here and a poop there, a scream here and a scream there. All we want is you, because all we have is you❤️ So please, when you promise us a forever home, it will be a forever home🏠💕 Pinky promise?✨ HAHA I just realised that my forehead kinda blends with the background😂❤️ #cookie#cockatoo#goffin#pet#bird#parrot#petstagram#instaloveparrots#cute#lovely#selfie#mommy#forever#home#promise#life#commitment#baby#boy#saturday#afternoon#mtl#spring#love#you#cutie#pie
Now, Cookie has become goofy, outgoing, and is having a blast with Yazhi. He’s come so far out of his shell that there is no going back. Watch the amazing video from The Dodo below:
This rescued cockatoo loves sunbathing and dancing with his mom 👯❤️
Posted by The Dodo on Monday, October 22, 2018
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Featured image: Screenshots via Instagram/cookie_the_cockatoo