Friday, November 30, 2012

Goodbye Cocoa ... we'll really miss you....


Today has been one of the saddest days of my life because this morning our beloved African Grey parrot, Cocoa, died suddenly in my arms.  We didn't even know she was unwell.  Last night she seemed her usual chirpy self, we did our normal nightly routine where we say goodnight to both our parrots, and Cocoa always says "Night night Cokes" and blows us kisses.  She then comes up to bars of her cage, she makes 'kissing' sounds and I kiss her on her black shiny beak. 

When my hubby got up this morning to make tea at about 6.30am, she was on her high perch and again all seemed well.  He said good morning to her and as per usual, she ignored him!
However, when he came back downstairs again a little later, she was lying on the floor of her cage with her wings spread out.  He quickly called me and I rushed to see what was wrong, I lifted her from the cage and she felt sooo cold, but she was alive, so I tucked her inside my clothes and cuddled her.  I kept her there for four hours and during that time I gave her some water with honey through a syringe and also a little bit of mashed up cereal.  At one point I thought she was perking up a bit because she moved her wings as if to get more comfortable, but just after noon, she died still inside my clothes.  We just buried her in the garden.

I'm so very very upset.  I know that some people might say "but she's just a parrot..." and that's as may be to them, but to us she has been a valued member of our family since the day we brought her home, some 12 plus years ago, as a small little 12 week old chick.  She has never been a problem bird, she wasn't a screamer or a plucker and she really did enhance our lives with her funny chatter and her ability to pick up words, phrases and songs so easily!  She liked to be involved in everything and used to dance when we sang to her.  She was even bi-linqual as she could speak some Spanish words too!   Our lives will be quieter and less fun without her, she will be sorely missed.

RIP my little grey baby.....





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  1. Awww I'm so sorry Sharon, sending hugs from me to you xx

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    1. Thanks so much Kathryn.
      Hugs Sharon x

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  2. Thinking of you and your family on this really sad day for you all.
    She may be gone but she won't be forgotten by you, she was well loved and what more could she ask for xxxx

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words, Ronny, I really appreciate them and they are so true.
      Hugs Sharon x

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  3. So sorry to read your sad news Sharon. I think all pets, no matter what they are, when they become such a part of our family, it is very hard when we lose them. She sounds like she was a wonderful member of your family and will be remembered fondly.

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    1. Thank you Serenata, you hit the nail on the head, it doesn't matter what they are, they are loved and that is the main thing, isn't it?
      Hugs Sharon x

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  4. Oh Sharon, I'm so sorry! It is like losing a beloved member of the family and all of us who have pets feel for you and dread these inevitable partings! She looks to have been a really sweet, beautiful parrot and my heart goes out to you. She will not be forgotten, that's for sure. xxx Karin

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    1. Thanks very much for your sweet words Karin, I appreciate them.
      Hugs Sharon x

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  5. Very sorry to hear this, Sharon. I've never had a parrot myself but I find them fascinating creatures...

    I do like the photo of her with the corn-on-the-cob!

    Jocelyn xxx

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    1. Thank you Jocelyn....and yes, they are very fascinating and so amusing and funny....our house will be a much quieter place without her.
      Hugs Sharon x

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  6. So sorry to read of your loss. Losing a beloved animal family member is so hard :(

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  7. Such sadness when a treasured family pet passes away.
    Sasha love from Kendal.

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  8. I'm so sorry for your loss. It is good to think of though that she had a wonderful life as a valued and loved member of your family. I believe that all animals intelligent enough to have their own personallety also have a soul. They deserve the same respect that people do.

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