I was reading an email this morning that had a parable about animal rescuers in it - those who will take in an unwanted animal and provide a home either permanent or temporary for an abandoned or unwanted animal. There are so many of these discarded pets that just don't meet an owners expectations or whatever these days, not only cats and dogs but parrots too. I have 2 parrots, one is a hand raised by me and my husband African Grey who we are blessed with who is a sweet baby with a wonderful disposition and never bites. The other is a mini Yellow collar macaw that I rescued about 8 years ago. Bandit has been a challenge but is now a loving full of personality bird who will fill your day with love. But she still as her moments and is easily frightened and you have to earn her trust; and she can BITE like the dickens if she gets afraid. That doesn't make her any less special a bird to me, yet my hubby actually said last night that he thought it was better for people to start with a new bird, not a rescue bird since they still could have so many problems. I could not believe he said this, Bandit love this man, screams in excitement when he comes into the room, calls his name when he is not, and never has bitten him in anger, only if she gets freaked. He admitted he was wrong when I pointed out that we had no clue what this bird had gone through the first 2 years of her life that so traumatized her, but for her to have come so far now and to trust us now and actually to be able to socialize some when we have company (with bird savvy people) I think is a testament to the wonderful loving (and mischievous) spirit that she has. Our grey is an exceptional bird for a grey, not a nervous bird and not prone to frights or biting. She/he is very social to most and a lot different from my first grey who was much more timid. Porsche is much more stubborn though and if she wants to do something it is hard to get her not to do it, especially stay on her stand. She is recall trained and fully flighted which my first bird was not and I think that this makes for a much more confident bird. Bandit is fully flighted also now but does not have the skills that Porsche does because she had her wings trimmed for most of her life and little time to learn to fly. I believe that rescued birds are special and deserve the best lives we can give them. Not one of us is perfect, human or bird, cat or dog.