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Posted by Mummy Dearest on Jun-16-2006

It is after dinner, no flash allowed. Max is gobbling his food as though he spent most of his life in a labor camp.

Please note that my forefinger is all of the way down his throat.

And be reminded, this animal does not stand still while eating- he sucks away on my finger like a babe on the breast- or a babe on the bottle.

You chose, I’m not vehement one way or another- eh, feed the thing.

Mr. Jo – of course- has offered to care for Max while I am gone.

Oh, and Max is not a crow.

Max is a Jackdaw.

Hmmm, Mummy Dearest loves this bird, even though he cannot fly, even though it is illegal for me to feed and care for him.

Nice beast.

  1. Karan Said,

    He’s huge and he looks sort of furry. How cool is that?! You’re right…you really do have to stuff your finger all the way in there.

    Is it illegal to keep him because he’s a wild species or is there some other reason?

  2. Karan Said,

    Oh…I forgot to thank you for the picture. Thanks!

  3. Catherine Said,

    Bravo Mr Jo. I didn’t expect him to look fluffy. Max, that is.

    I remember your tadpoles that were toadpoles, and another friend had a case of mistaken identity – she and her 5 year old would visit the paddling pool in their garden every day, carefully observing the frogspawn that had appeared in there and wondering when the tadpoles would arrive. Turned out they were looking at a paddling pool full of mosquito eggs.

  4. sue Said,

    Catherine, you are without a doubt recalling a *city girl*. Baby skeeters look nothing like tad poles.

    Nope,not one bit.

  5. sue Said,

    Karan, while not endangered or any such dire thing, it is illegal here to hold wild birds in captivity.

    It seems that death is the more ethical choice.

    Oh, I love this beast. He actually bathes twice a day and will come out of the voliere for me to feed him- but only if no one else is around

    He recognizes the word *more* and will open his mouth if he does indeed want more.

    He begins to feed himself- mostly fruit- cherries and strawberries. Sometimes the puppy chow that I offer him, but my, how he does love his *pacifier*.( read : my finger)

    Mr. Jo hints that if he can ever fly, we must – of course- let him go.

    But then, Mr. jo has offered to care for the wee beast for three weeks, finger down the throat and all…

  6. Karan Said,

    I was reading up on jackdaws and it sounds like you can teach him to talk. Are you up for that?

  7. sue Said,

    Karan, I talk to Max all day long, same few words. But I know that should he learn to fly, I should let him go.

    Hello Max, I say. He makes a sneezing sound ( jimmy is sneezing a lot these days) and flaps his wings wildly.

    Yes, I want to teach him words. Yes, I want him to be happy, yes, I should let him free.

  8. Karan Said,

    Well, if he does fly free, you’ll know Max because he’ll be the only sneezer in the sky.

  9. Catherine Said,

    You are right, Claire is just as much a city girl as I am! Enjoy your day today.

  10. Nean Said,

    Well, our jackdaw got giardia and the protozoa outran the bird so he did not make it, as you know. But my own experience with wildlife is that you may find that letting him go doesn’t actually do any good — birds know a Good Thing when they see it and food mostly qualifies.

    If you want one, I can give you an extremely reasonable argument for why it would be irresponsible to let him go, even if he would leave. Just let me know, lol, want an argument, I’m full of….um, them.

  11. sue Said,

    Nean, do give me an extremely reasonable argument for why it would be irresponsible to let him go.

    Perhaps that he sat on Mike’s head this morning, mine – twice- this afternoon, and a few minutes ago upon Meg’s might be a moot point.

    Truth be told, I do wonder about the * social* aspect of the best : are we enough?

  12. Nean Said,

    Okay, here it is: corvids generally and especially jackdaws demonstrate strong social organization within their community groups. Their intelligence (as percieved by people) is due to their social organization (which people mostly approve of, lol). The developmental period of a jackdaw is relatively long, because to live in a large group, each jackdaw must be able to recognize individuals in thier group and track the social position and foraging of all the other members over time. Members must also be able to distinguish between sex, age, reproductive status, dominance and be able to update the information constantly.

    This accounts for their memorization and mimicing ability.

    A jackdaw raised by humans due to injury or illness has a hazardous journey ahead if reintroduced, because that bird enters the group with no social status and may not be recognized to exist by the other jackdaws, or may be driven away. The exclusion of strange birds without status is speculated to derive from protection from disease.

    Since jackdaws feed and nest cooperatively, it can be more dangerous for an individual bird to be reintroduced into an existing group of jackdaws than to stay with its established “group” of humans.

    Cites available on request, lol.

    Tell me that’s not an argument the Dutch will buy. Tell ‘em you are looking for a professional wildlife re-introducer to make sure that Max gets in with all the right little birdie diplomas.

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