I began working with Casper 5 years ago at his place of residence. He sang, we cuddled, and I taught him to play fetch. We spent many hours in his aviary with his buddies, Rudy & Annie. I loved putting on "shows" for visitors and we had a lot of fun connecting with so many people of all ages. Casper makes everyone smile and shocks them with his intelligent and affectionate nature.
Unfortunately, life took me away from him for a little bit. Casper grew lonely and began plucking feathers. I was delighted to be contacted to resume working with my feathered love and eager to make him healthy again. We laughed, played, and of course cuddled. All was well.
At one point, The Ranch had the opportunity to care for Casper at our facility. Then, the real fun began! I introduced him to so many animals. It was amazing to observe him discovering life outside of an aviary and away from a place of business. He loved the ranch and we loved him. His favorite animal was Frankie, a donkey. Casper truly enjoyed all the animals and excitement of the barn. He was a hit with animals, volunteers, and visitors. Casper was such a source of joy; the kind of spirit that makes you feel like a kid again.
Once more, life would pull me in another direction. I had to say "See you later" at the end of 2015. I thought I would.
I hoped that someday he would retire to our sanctuary. I won't get to hold my sweet friend again. I'm utterly devastated.
I find comfort in our beautiful memories and the hope that we touched the lives of others. I did a lot of advocacy and taught people about the serious commitment that one makes when owning a parrot. We taught people about their delicate nature and complex personalities.
My wish for Casper's legacy is for humans to recognize animals as sentient beings, people, and friends. If you are interested in owning a parrot please contact a rescue or sanctuary for assistance.
With love and gratitude for our amazing Casper,
Kate & The Ranch