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Enchanted Gypsy ~ Travel Diaries
"May the long time sun shine upon you,all love suround you and the pure light within you,guide your way on"~Incredible String Band
Follow along with our adventures as we set out to convert a school bus into a beautiful,energy efficient home that runs off recycled vegetable oil. We then embark on a life long adventure, roaming the country, selling our handcrafted art and music as we go, meeting strange and wonderful people along the way. Crazy,naive,you ask ? Maybe,..maybe not..

~ Pippin ~

Sunday, February 15, 2004
Pippin is a three year old, male, European Starling that came to me by way of my rehab work. A woman called, explaining that she had found a young bird that needed help. She said that she was outside gardening when she felt a thud on the back of her head. She looked down to find a smallish grey bird sitting on the ground and begging incesently.. She picked it up and put it in a nearby tree and it imediately flew back to her. After goiing through these motions several more times she decided the bird needed help and brought it inside for warmth and food. She was eventually refered to me through a local vet and, although she lived almost two hours away, she drove the bird to me along with a 200 donation.

Since it was spring I had many other birds in the clinic awaiting release, including starlings. I put Pipin in the cage with about six other starlings, and his reaction confirmed my suspicions. He clung to the side of the cage screaming, terrified of the other starlings. Pipin was an "imprint" a wild bird raised partially by a human and then released or escaped into the wild. He did not recognize his own species and instead related to humans. He could never be released.

So, he now lives with us and has since adjusted to the other birds quite well, although is extremely bonded to me. Since starlings are a member of the myna bird family ( actually myna birds are a type of starling) his talking and mimicking abilities are phenomenal, a rare ability for a passerine species. Pipin has a vocabulary of some fifty words, including various odd noises and whistles.

He is a cocky and funny bird and we love him dearly.
8:44 PM :: ::
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    By Blogger Carnival, at 11:46 PM  
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