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Coco Calling: No. 40 - Getting the Right Balance on your Perch

The random thoughts of a Christian parrot Life for parrots can be a bit of a balancing act. We either hang on tightly to our perches, or else we fall off and come down to Earth with a bump. And I think that in an earlier blog, I quoted that old proverb which says: “A wise parrot never gnaws the perch on which it likes to sit.” Well, negotiating Life can also be a bit of a balancing act, both for humans and parrots alike. Yes, we all need to take some things seriously, because this allows us to ask questions and to search for God. But not so seriously that we feel crushed by our own failings and sins, and ensnared by a feeling of worthlessness. At the same time, it’s important for us to laugh

Coco Calling: No. 39 - Change

The random thoughts of a Christian parrot Most parrots like to have a regular routine. We like to know what to expect at different times of the day. It gives a pattern to our lives and it helps us to feel more secure. And I’m sure that a great number of humans feel that way too. Especially as they grow older. We all like to hang on to those things that are familiar and “safe.” I don’t really like it when my owner goes on holiday and somebody new has to look after me. Or when I’m supposed to come out for my playtime at 8.30 am, but for whatever reason, it gets shunted back to later in the morning. And then, what about my favourite perches? Over time, they wear out (probably because I’ve chewe

Coco Calling: No. 38 - Are We Really So Clever?

The random thoughts of a Christian parrot There is a tendency amongst some parrots and humans for us to believe that we’re cleverer than we really are. And there are occasions in life when something occurs to knock us down a peg or two; to deflate our puffed-up egos. And I recently came across a story on the internet which demonstrates this rather well. A magician, working on a cruise ship, had a pet parrot that would constantly ruin his act. The bird would call out to the audience: “He’s got the card up his sleeve”, or “It’s in his pocket”, or “It went through a hole into his top hat!” The parrot thought he was being extremely clever, until one day, there was a huge explosion, and the ship

Coco Calling: No. 37 - A New Year Work Out with Einstein

The random thoughts of a Christian parrot Well, here we are at the start of another New Year. And this is the time of year when lots of humans are inspired to go along to their local gym for a workout. Parrots do it a bit differently. Because I decided to meet up with my friend Einstein (the African Grey) for some mental exertion. Over a bowl of nuts and banana chips, we like to have a good old chat and put the world to rights. And as usual, Einstein lived up to his name. First of all, he considered fellow parrots. “The problem with parrots is that we are too beautiful for our own good, much too vain, and both as bright and as demanding as a human toddler. But unlike human toddlers, we never

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