I'm new to this platform, and recently lost my grey on Sunday. I wanted to join this platform as no one around me accept for my partner truly understands the bond you create with them.
Her name was Parker and she was 3 and half years old; I had her from a baby. She was healthy and very loving. It was a freak accident, she flew to the top of her cage which she has done a thousand times and she got her foot stuck; I gently pulled it but she couldn't put weight on it.
Took her to the vet, after the scan it was confirmed she had a fracture, the surgery was successful on her foot, but she stopped breathing and they couldn't recover her.
I'm posting this because no one around me really understands what its like to own an African grey. She was my best friend and I'm heartbroken to have lost her so early in her life. I wanted to post my story on here as I think it would provide comfort speaking with like-minded African grey owners.
I am so sorry. I do understand how you feel. My first grey died when he was nearly three. I couldn’t stop crying. At first I didn’t think I would get another but I didn’t start to feel better until I considered it. Getting Chyloe helped to heal my broken heart. She has a different personality than Max but I love her just as much.
Max, CAG (In my heart forever) Taz, Tiel (Rest in peace my sweet girl) Chyloe, CAG
I am so very sorry for your loss. I lost my first grey, Manfred on Nov. 7th , 2011. He had developed a heart sack infection and had trouble breathing and the vet just couldn't save him. He was 26, and I had him for 24 years. I am still sad about losing him, and have bouts of sadness that I have never been able to shake. People who have never bonded with a bird just don't get it. I have gotten over the deaths of close family members, but I feel like Manfred was a part of me that is gone.
I was lucky enough to find a grey that needed a forever home, she is a very big female that loved to attack her previous owner and his dogs and cats! So I've had Sheeba for 8 years, she has bonded with me but she still lets me know she is in charge! I worry about her outliving me, not sure who will be brave enough to handle her!