Had to separate Mon and Monta for a while

Mon has started laying eggs again. Unfortunately, when this happens Monta tends to be very selfish over the nest, even though there are two nests! He will throw her out of the nest while she is trying to lay eggs. This often ends in disaster, such as the egg getting thrown out and broken on the floor of the cage.

So I found it best to separate them during her egg laying period, for a week to 10 days.

That way Mon can lay her eggs, and relax in the nest as she likes. Monta’s separate cage is somewhat smaller, but he has his swing and his millet and indoor ofuro and everything he likes to play with in there.

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Chako lives!

Notwithstanding Kokita-san’s husband’s attempts to slaughter every cat in the neighborhood, Chako remains alive! I can’t feed her anymore because of neighbor reactions, but Kokita-san still manages to feed Chako every day, in secret, behind her house. Don’t worry, her husband is dumber than a cat and would never find this blog (and probably doesn’t even know what a blog is).

As you might recall, Chako is the feral cat I felt sorry for, even though I don’t really like cats, and had her spayed and released. She is very unusual. She’s missing one paw, has two different color eyes, and she never ever makes a sound! The vet said there is nothing physically preventing her from meowing, she does never does. Ever.

Here is some more on her:

http://lerner.net/chako-and-purple/

Purple has gone missing though, and we fear the worst.

This is a photo of Chako this morning, eating breakfast over at Kokita-san’s place. Somewhere hidden. At an undisclosed location.

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Schrödinger’s bird: Suzu-chan lives!

I got an email from the Wild Bird sanctuary a few minutes ago about Suzu-chan.

I am happy to report that the finch you brought to Wild Bird Rehabilitation was released last week.  It stayed with us for about 1 month, gaining strength and good health.  Thank you very much for your concern!

Say what?!

I wrote them back:

You sent me mail last week saying it died! This is what you wrote on August 4th:

I am so sorry to have to tell you that Suzu-chan did not survive.  This sparrow kept its head tilted, which indicated to us some neurological damage, and it did not respond to treatment.  Our thanks for your kindness.

Which is it?

Everybody was really distressed about its dying. And I thought he had lots of strength when he came in, which is why I was surprised by your initial response. Now I’m surprised by the new email.

Please confirm which is correct!

They just replied:

Urg!  We got our numbers all mixed up.  You were asking about #4470, but the number was really 4770!  Your bird was the one that was released last week, happily so!  And you were right – it had a lot of energy and strength, which increased in treatment, so that it was able to fly free as of last week.  My sincere apologies for causing grief.  Please be happy now!  Thanks.

So I think Suzu-chan is alive. Maybe. I wouldn’t know for sure unless I saw it at this point. And in one email they referred to it as a finch and the the next a sparrow. Though those are interchangeable sometimes I know. For example, Java Sparrows are also called Java Finches.

On another note, Kokita-san tells me Chako is doing fine and will send me a photo. But Purple has become Schrödinger’s cat.

 

 

Sadly, Suzu-chan did not make it

For those who followed the story of the baby sparrow I found and tried to save:

http://lerner.net/suzu-chan-a-little-lost-sparrow/

I’m sad to report I got this email from the bird rescue center today:

I am so sorry to have to tell you that Suzu-chan did not survive.  This sparrow kept its head tilted, which indicated to us some neurological damage, and it did not respond to treatment.  Our thanks for your kindness.

I am feeling rather down about it…

doug