Originally Posted by LostAtSea2011
Eww...why did he have poop on his finger ?
Nice one, LaS2011, well spotted! The mind boggles....perhaps he was a former TSA goon that wanted to keep his skillset up to date.
Nice hearing about the friendly Boobies visiting your boats....that sort of experience would make my day.
I don't see why taming a seabird is such a heinous crime...first, I'll state I'm no supporter of cages for flying animals
, anymore than I support chopping the legs off groundbased pets
. The falconers have fully functional avians, and so do the Chinese fishermen with their stinky cormorants. Shoving a formerly free soaring bird into a tiny prison would be a crime, I agree...even keeping budgies and such in small cages is pushing it, in my opinion, even if they are bred in captivity. It isn't that hard to make the cage of a size that permits the bird to fly about, and even if you live in a tiny place you can let your little feathery friend out to share your airspace. Our budgie used to love sitting on the rim of cups and washing
his feet in them. Quite the artist, he was, making those amazing budgie-tracks across the tablecloth in coffee or hot chocolate. We had to ban him from beer
, a drunken budgie is amusing for a little while but can wear the nerves. They're two-sip screamers, can't hold their liquor. Not sure if he got hungover, but he hung under his perch when he was on a binge...
How to go about having a freerange seabird pet on a boat, I'm not so sure...and I'm keen to hear more about people's experiences with them to learn more about them. I reckon the best way to find such a pet would be adopt an injured or orphaned bird, but to permit
it to fly free if it wants to and if it is reasonable to assume it would have a fighting chance of surviving. Of course, if you hand-reared it and it bonded with you (still ignorant if they even can....?), it might want to stay. Though it might have some uncomfortable questions for you if it could talk; "Mummy, why have your feathers fallen out, and why are your wings so grotesquely deformed, and why is your beak so flabby and flat, and why do your knees bend the wrong way, and why did you get upset when I stuck my beak down your throat when I was hungry, etc...". The things children
How about migratory birds? Anyone have them pass over and take a pitstop on the boat out at sea?