Certainly he'd appreciate a buddy.
I picked out a friendly yellow bird, took him home, and set him up in a nearby cage.
I figured they'd soon be best buddies:
Tosca's flocking instinct went berserk. In his mind, he was the leader. The new bird was an underling. I was a non-bird: The Enemy!
Overnight, he went from being Tosca, Mild Mannered (if shrill) Bird:
To Tosca, "Death to all humans!" Psychobird.
He hissed, squawked and lunged when I got near his cage. I thought he was bluffing.
Certainly he wouldn't bite me when I fed him, right?
And what kind of example was he setting for the new bird?
Hey kiddo, here's how to treat human beings!
Do YOU want to give this guy some cuddles?
Except now it's more like "Get near me and I'll rip your damned hand open"
I draped a towel on the side of his cage. I figured maybe if he couldn't see the new bird he'd calm down. Will it work? He seems a bit less aggressive...
You're welcome, Tosca.