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Iris McMillan - 2014-05-25
WARNING - PLANT TOXIN RESIDUES KILL CANARIES - I am putting this info on the web site to warn other canary owners. I am not a breeder but I have a large number of canaries, both Fife and Borders. Last week, I found 6 of my birds dead, 5 in the one cage, when I went to feed them. Horrendous sight as the 5 bodies were lying beside the feeding dish on the bottom of the cage and another bird, that had not been caged, lying below the aviary feeding table. All these birds had eaten outer greenery from a supermarket bought cabbage. From the grouping of the bodies and the fact that the other birds which had not eaten the greenery were OK, suggests there was a toxin on the cabbage, weed killer or fertilizers. My birds were in tip top condition and so I am certain this was not a virus, but a toxin. From now on, I am going to give only greenery which I have grown myself.

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Iris McMillan - 2014-05-25
Putting this warning on the web site for other owners. I keep both Border and Fife Canaries. Last week when I went to feed my birds, found 6 dead. 5 were in the same cage, not flying free in the aviary. One dead in the aviary. Looking at the bodies, all were grouped around the feeding dish and the aviary bird lay below the feeding table. Clearly not a virus, as all my other birds were OK. But only these 6 birds had consumed greenery from ASDA, they had eaten outer leaves of a cabbage. There must have been a toxin, either fertilizer/pesticides there as they died where they stood. In the future I am only going to feed greenery and sprouted grain which I have grown on myself.

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Pamela Read Arnone - 2014-05-25
Have two Orientals, Princess Athena, and Romeo. For anyone with Allergies, these Cats are much easier to live with. Don't shed as much as domestic cats. Very affectionate and therapeutic for a disabled person. My Romeo will let me love him all day and be happy. Are expensive,  with some medical issues that might be due to breed. Still, am sooooo in Love with my beautiful baby's. Would Love to Share their pictures. Couldn't figure out how to do this on IPad. 

Will try on computer. My Mealy Amazon Baby, who is featured on this web, is happily living with many other birds and now has a boyfriend of her own species. I felt it wasn't right to keep her because she was too wild and needed to be with other birds like her, so I found people who raised and rescued Mealy Amazons. Then I did the same with my Quaker, was lucky to find these beautiful Cats to replace my loss as I missed my birds. I would Highly recommend these Cats to anyone who wants a lovely, affectionate  companion.

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chance - 2014-05-24
My lionheadfish is quite the grabber Ya ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha he

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Jennifer Ashley - 2009-10-26
Raising "Baby Piglet" a squirrels' tale...........
I found Baby under our oak tree 8/11/09. She was pink,hairless, and her umbilical was still wet. Poor baby had fallen 50ft from a leaf nest and was bruised but active and wiggling around. She wouldnt have lasted long with the cats nearby so I had to take her. Like most people I had no clue as what to do. I contacted local rehabbers and none would take her. They told me she would die or they didnt have the time and resources to care for a "pinkie". I finally found someone to give me care instructions.
For weeks I did feedings every 2 hours round the clock....no sleep.....but worth it. It is amazing to watch your baby grow and develop from a pinkie to getting fur and then: they open those sweet eyes. She's is fat and healthy and looks like a proper squirrel now and just begining to eat some solids.
I found lots of advice online....some good....some bad....and some scary. If you decide to care for an orphan baby here is a list of things you should know.

First found...... check your baby for injuries ( broken bones, lacerations, bruising, animal bites) the baby may appear fine but could have internal damage. if hurt call your local vet or rehabber.

your baby will be cold......warm them gently in your hands. a warm baby is actively wiggling when awake (never feed a cold baby you will kill it)

Dehydration.....your baby may be dehydrated. gently pull skin and if it doesnt spring back your baby needs fluids. Pedialyte works great (never gatorade) you can make your own pedialyte. mix 1 quart water 1 tsp sugar 1 tsp salt. feed with eye dropper at room temp.

the baby bed........ I had to get creative because I have a dog,cat,birds, and kids running around. I cleaned out a drawer in my night stand. placed a heating pad on the bottom and covered that with a towel. The heating pad should be on its lowest setting. this way i could keep her in a safe dark warm place. I used white towels so they could be bleached and kept sanitary for baby.

formulas...... Never feed baby cows milk! youll kill it. the fat in cows milk is too big for your baby to digest. Most reccomend puppy milk that you can get at your local pet store. But I found a cheaper formula. Meyenburgs goats milk !
you can find it at any grocer at the milk case or evaporated even dry powder. I used the dry powder and mixed it with plain unflavored yogurt. 2 parts milk to 1 part yogurt mix well. ( use blender) I would mix up a weeks worth at a time so i always had fresh milk available. Fill up several eye droppers so they get to room temp before feeding......rinse and fill again after feedings and milk will be at room temp by next feeding. I let her fed until she was full and fall asleep. They do like to wiggle around when feeding and you must feed them slowly or they will aspirate (inhale) the formula. pat milk away from face when they start bubbling milk from nose and wait a minute before finishing feeding.

Going potty.......after each feeding your baby needs help to go potty. I placed my baby on clean washcloth and with a dry Q-tip...gently stroke genitals until baby goes. You can shake the lil poops in the trash and wash the towel. (Baby will needs lots of towels and I found its cheaper to buy a large pack of wash clothes for feedings and potty rather than paper towels) say go potty every time you do this so you can housebreak baby later.

Introduce solids.....once your babys eyes are open and starts to get a bushy tail you can start introducing solids. If your baby sees you eat it they will want to try it. Bananas work great, split grapes,apple slices. let them eat their fill and still give their regular milk feeding.

I hope some of this will help someone.!

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  • oversweet10 - 2011-08-10
    Thanks for all the info! I rescued a baby squirrel 3 days ago. She is about 5-6 wks old I think and is thriving. My question for you....Sometimes she just wants to eat fruit and nuts ie, bananas, pine nuts, almonds, etc. and doesn't want the milk as much. Should I slowly stop giving it to her or how would I go about doing this? Also I am afraid she might exasperate. :(

    ~Janelis
  • kathy staggs - 2012-03-01
    I've had my baby about two weeks and he seems to be doing well. I've read everything I could find on the net and you all seem to have the best advice. My son said to name him Phillip but I call him little Phill. He is the sweetest little thing, I can rub under his chin and he holds his hand out so I can rub more lol. Any way just thought I'd share .
  • arghya - 2013-07-25
    Thanks for such great info.
  • Nutjob - 2014-05-24
    Wow omg were can you buy one?
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ken macpherson - 2014-05-25
I fell in love with these guys as a kid, now as an adult, I have 2 iridescent sharks named hoover and gauge, I love them!

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Darlene - 2014-05-25
I've always had tabby's, sweet friends. My neighbor has one with a circular pattern on her sides and I was told a long time ago there is another name for that colored tabby. Does anyone know what it might be? I used to have one just like that and the vet's assistant told me, but it was years ago and I forget.

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Jack Frye - 2014-05-25
I have an 11 inch jd in a 200 gallon tank with tiger Oscars and other jd s ........ They all get along.

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Israel sapp - 2014-05-25
I was fishing last night in the river and I caught 4 of these turtles from 6 to 9 inches! I still have them, was going to put them in my pond as pets but I wanted to see if they were rare and if so does anyone know who I can send them to? I also caught a baby alligator turtle, just checking what to do with them if they are on the endangered species list?

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Animal-World info on Mealy Amazon
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Kim - 2010-11-07
Hard to believe the bird everyone is talking about is the same as ours! We have had our Mealy Amazon for about 15 years (she is 17). She is very sweet and loving but is a very loud screamer, actually more of a honker. We keep her with other birds in the family room because she screams less if we are around. She does not play much no matter what kind of toy we try. She doesn't seem very happy. Just curious if anyone else has seen these traits in their Mealy.

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  • Melanie Stewart - 2011-01-16
    Hi ,

    I have the same issue. I adopted a 3 year old mealy about 9 years ago and she will bite just about anyone, she is ok with my partner and will tolerate me. She was given to us due to the screaming and biting and the people that had her had a young child. About 2 years ago we adopted another mealy, he is about 5 now and is the nicest bird that I have ever handled. The female bird is wonderful with him, however she still screams the house down. We have tried everything from covering her and using a water pistol, none have worked. We have now resorted to removing her from the living room where they stay, to another room for 5 minutes, this seems to be working better, she hates not knowing what is going on and is always so happy to see you when you go to bring her back. Been doing this for about 3 months now and have seen lots of improvement .She still has her moments but the threat of the other room is working more.
  • alison - 2014-05-26
    Yes, my mealy is about 8, we are a safe house for him, fostering him from birdline, I couldn't part with him, he loves me, but soon as he sees my husband he becomes all unsettled and upset and starts screaming and honking. He has actually flew onto my husband a couple of times and beaked him! Wish I knew how to calm him down, have tried to allow him to bond with my husband, ie letting him feed him, but it just doesn't work, am wondering if he was mistreated by a man in his past life. Please help, any suggestions would be appreciated.....
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