Monday, April 28, 2014

The 24 hr Giving Challenge - Jojo's entry

I was asked by my foster coordinators at Florida Parrot Rescue to write a piece on the bird I am currently fostering, Jojo. This piece will be entered into an online event for nonprofits to compete for large sums of cash donations. And after inheriting a large vet bill after a recent animal hoarding case Florida Parrot Rescue needs all the help they can get. The following is my help with their entry.

Jojo is a over 30 year old Moluccan Cockatoo, exact age unknown like much of his history. He doesn't act like other cockatoos which means he was likely caught in the wild. Jojo came to me as a bird needing help. He would run away or attack a hand or perch that came near him, did not care for human interactions, was deemed to like only one type of gender, and didn't seek out human touch.

I started target training Jojo after we built up a significant amount of trust. Here we are working on no-contact step up training. I was very wary of Jojo because of his distrust in humans as you can see in how far I kept my distance from him while he perched on his cage in the photo below.

Jojo has since graduated into a very loving bird. In three months he learned to enjoy what humans have to offer: love, security, play, and cuddles! Jojo steps up, seeks out human touch, does tricks, and a variety of helpful husbandry behaviors such as taking liquids from a syringe. As you can see he is now on my hand and in close contact with me, his foster mommy! What a success!

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