First, a minor aside: the DMV always sucks, and it sucks more when someone who doesn't speak proper English gives you incorrect instructions, and as a result, you can't take your driving test.
Photo by Flickr user Another Seb
Now, to the main thrust of the post. I have been recently very strongly thinking about adding a pet and picking up a Psittacus erithacus ssp., or an African Grey Parrot. It's a lifetime commitment — they can live to be 50-65 years, with some becoming much older than that.
Photo by Flickr user devlon duthie
As a pet, however, the African Grey (at this very preliminary stage, I'm leaning toward the timneh subspecies) is highly intelligent, and, in theory, are capable of identifying objects, their qualities, and comparisons between them. They are comparatively high maintenance, needing frequent handling (but I would be fine with that), but should be a good next animal in my progression. I promised myself I would not get a dog until I own a house with a backyard, to be fair to the animal ... and though I don't see him frequently anymore, I still have Pharaoh!
Photo by Flickr user Retrolusionary
Challenges to this Grand Plan at the moment? First, the bird and the equipment will start around $1000 from a pet store, and I may want to hunt around for breeders, etc. Then, of course, I'll need to look at how climby Sasha is, so the feasibility of having a bird around a cat in San Diego. I'm hopeful, though ... maybe I'll be able to pull this off within a year.
I'd intended to embed more science and technicality into this post, but it got a bit obscured by parrotly musings. Oh well. Here's something: when I do this, I'll have pets in archosauria, lepidosauria, and carnivora, with periodic rodent interlopers.
Edit: Of course, the auto-Twitter plugin didn't compress the URL of this post first. I think adding the word-wrap property should have fixed the issue, but let me know if the Twitter links (or any others) are spilling out of boundary boxes).
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