Click to enlarge"MistyGrey"

"MistyGrey" was a physically abused Congo African Grey. She was physically struck and knocked off her perch one day after biting her owner. The man who owned her had began to dislike her because he could not dominate her and her aggression grew along with his impatience and hatred of her. Although her attack by the man and the resulting fall resulted in an injury to her leg, the owner refused to seek medical attention for the bird. The bird limped and favored her injury, but began to heal in spike of the lack of proper medical care. A breeder who knew of the situation tried in vain to get the man to take the bird to the vet. The breeder became determined to try and help the bird, and after a period of time, the breeder was able to obtain the Grey from her owner. Since the initial physical incident, the bird had become very aggressive towards the man and the man returned the dislike in kind. By the time the bird could be rescued, the leg was of not much use to the bird. She simply dragged it along when she moved around her cage. She had also become a feather destroyer. Her rescuer took her immediately to an avian veterinarian and handed the bird over with the hope the vet could save the leg. After a very delicate surgery wherein the leg had to be actually broken for a second time so it could be set to heal properly, the Grey was allowed this time to heal properly with all the necessary medical care. MistyGrey's leg eventually healed enough where she could once again use her leg. To this day though she does have a slight stiffness and slowness in movement of her leg at times, with it being most obvious whenever she is upset. After about a year or so of living with the Avian Vet who helped save her, MistyGrey came to live with us. We were warned she said many things from her past that would give us insight into some of her past abuse. There were many weeks after coming to us that daily she would say in a very deep hateful voice the following: "I hate you and hope you choke to death". Such phrases as these would bring tears to our eyes. There were other similar phrases which with time began to disappear from her speech. Unfortunately, MistyGrey still seems to hate all humans. She has been with us for several years now and does not allow much touching at all. Occasionally she will allow a slight quick head scratch or a few seconds of foot rub through the bars of her cage. She still plucks feathers at times, especially from her chest area and legs. And although she may never trust a human again, she lives in a safe home where she will never be hit again.

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