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>tl;dr do i return bird to owner when it flew to my bird
so ive had a pet cockatiel for around 20 years, no joke. hes actually like 25 because we adopted from horrible previous owners who clipped his wings too short and they will never grow back, so he will never fly. ive made threads about him on here before asking if there was anything i could do or just getting advice on how to spoil him bc i feel horrible knowing hes been denied to one real privilege that birds have, being able to fly. when we adopted him there were two other cockatiels, so three total. one healthy young, one old and handicapped, and mitchell, the bird this is all about. over time things happenned. one day my mom didnt latch the cage and the young healthy one just flew away...probably didnt make it. sad. just two birds then. then more tragedy. a fucking racoon ate the old handicapped bird thru the fucking cage, it was aweful. i would have killed that thing with my bare hands and teeth had i caught it. (coons later started killing my ducks and became a real problem)
at this point in time, around 6 years ago, my family was left with one bird left. traumatized and forbidden from being a normal bird due to his clipped wings. hes depressed and moody, rightfully so. i do alot for him, dont be mistaken. but i never feel that its enough.
so years pass, the bird is alone. then just the other day i heard him squawking rly loudly and aggressively. when i ran over to assess the situation i was blown away. a cockatiel had flown down from the fucking wild and was talking to him. this bird is not indigenous to the area, i knew this was either someones pet or that it escaped from petsmart or something. so i let mitchell out, he cant fly but he jumps onto the ground and starts walking around whistling for the other bird, who quickly joins him on the ground. they hit it off instantly. sooo much talking to eachother. when it was time to go inside, the new bird hopped right on.