Get to know Elmo
Elmo was hatched on July 14th, 2012 and is a male solomon island eclectus. Elmo is one of the most important additions to the LifeWithParrots flock hands down. Elmo’s owners were going through a house renovation on top of life changes that were stressing Elmo out so much that he began to barber his feathers which were covered in stress lines. After meeting him during the house visit, I felt that “click” that I did with Pearl, my female cockatiel and knew he was meant to live with me. It’s difficult to explain how I knew, but those who have experienced that “click” know what I mean. Eleven days later, I went to pick him up and take him home. I was so excited after knowing he would be my new feathered companion, 11 days felt like a month.
He was tame and semi harness trained when I got him but before two weeks passed, he was trained to wear his harness without any fuss and additionally trained to wear Avian Fashions FlightSuit. A couple of months later in 2017, he also started to wear Avian Fashions hoodies and that expanded to snuggies, ponchos and other costumes. Elmo is bonded to me and does unfortunately see me and anyone with a hand as his mate but asides from the daily regurgitation “gift”, he’s very well behaved when he’s out. Elmo loves going everywhere he can when it’s warm enough, whether it’s at the park, on a car ride (especially when we’re going fast!) or in a pet friendly store (or one that has given permission for him to enter as a legitimate ESA). He really enjoys interacting with little kids on our park walks or taking selfies with people he meets during his adventures. I can’t say enough good things about this incredible boy, he’s changed my life in so many ways and is the sole reason I actually started LifeWithParrots on Instagram!
If his previous owners ever read his “Get to know Elmo”, I just want to thank you for giving me the incredible opportunity to care for such a magnificent creature and thank you for entrusting me to care for someone who meant the world to you.