Get to know Mango
Mango was hatched in 2010 and is a close banded female (laid eggs) peach fronted conure. She was originally adopted from a breeder in Ontario by my boyfriend, before I met him, and flew home with him to Nova Scotia in 2010. He had always wanted a feathered companion and after a lot of research, found that a peach fronted conure was the best fit for him. The breeder had two siblings he could pick from and when he went to meet them, he knew as soon as he met Mango that this was the bird for him.
After three years passed, his life had changed so much that he knew he wasn’t able to give Mango the best life she could live and made the hard decision to rehome her to someone who could. He decided to give her to the pet store he worked at, knowing his friends there would find Mango the best home they could find. After staying at the store for a few weeks, a lovely couple decided to take her home.
Four years after saying goodbye to Mango, he met me! Since I loved birds and had a few of my own, he told me all about Mango. He told me how much he loved her, the fun life they had together, how much he missed her and how he regretted rehoming her instead of trying harder to make things work. After hearing this story, I made it my mission to find Mango so they could see each other again, even if it was only for a short visit. It seemed pretty impossible to find a bird who had been rehomed over 7 years ago but I was determined and then one day I saw a peach fronted conure for sale on Kijiji in October 2017.
I immediately began to check over photos that he had from the past with photos from the ad and I was 99% sure this was the same bird. I sent a message to the owner but never heard back and a few days later, the ad went down. I was kind of disappointed but at least I knew Mango was still in Nova Scotia and if she was being rehomed once, there was a possibility she would be again. 6 months later, the ad showed up again and the photos were the same as before but now there was a phone number. I called as soon as I saw the ad and was so excited when I was told I could pick up Mango in 3 days!
My boyfriend and I had talked over the idea of buying back Mango when the ad first showed up and we both agreed on it. So, my heart sank when I got a call from the lady, on the morning I was going to drive up to get her, that they changed their minds and decided to keep her. I had my hopes crushed twice so I gave up on the idea of ever getting back Mango and moved on. I accepted the fact that I tried my best and unless they were really going to rehome her, there was nothing more I could do.
That’s when after a whole year passed, the ad went up again. I left a quick voice message and a few hours later left a more detailed Kijiji message in hopes I would get a response in one way or another. That evening she got back to me and after a few messages back and fourth, she agreed to meet me somewhere in 3 days, where I could follow her to her house from there. I was so excited, I couldn’t keep it to myself and had to tell my boyfriend it was finally happening! He seemed just as excited as I was and that’s when everything fell apart again…
I got a call at work and it was her, she told me her husband was upset that she wanted to sell Mango and that he promised he would give Mango more attention if she agreed to keep him. As soon as she hung up I broke down in tears. She said things would likely not improve in the long run but I had no hope I would ever hear from her again. That’s when my luck seemed to change… Less than a week later I got this call and to my surprise, it was her?! She asked if I still wanted to buy Mango (of course I said yes) and told me how things didn’t improve and she wanted what was best for the bird. It was very fortunate timing because it was my day off work and I was able to pick her up that day! It happened so quickly that I had forgotten to tell my boyfriend I was picking up Mango while he was at work so when he got home and saw Mango, his face lit up and he couldn’t believe what he was seeing with his own eyes.
We’ve had Mango for just under 9 months now (we adopted her March 29, 2019) and since adopting her, she’s warmed up to both of us and became trained to wear an Aviator harness. We were also surprised to find out she laid a few eggs as she was always presumed to be a “he”!
It took a year and a half for me to bring Mango back to her first owner and although there were very hard times during all of this, seeing his face when he saw Mango again was worth all of it.