Birds are intelligent, emotional, and can make wonderful pets and our May Pet of the Month is no exception! Floyd is a green Amazon parrot that never fails to make us smile when he comes to visit. His exact age isn't known, but he's between 20 and 30 years old. The average lifespan of an Amazon parrot is between 25 and 50. Floyd was inherited by Tim and Dora Hanks from Tim's brother and he made himself right at home. He spends his days strutting around the house, climbing onto his owner's shoulders, talking, and laughing. His favorite treats are unsalted cashews, potato chips, french fries, and Ritz crackers.
When Tim first walked through our door in January, poor Floyd couldn't; he had sustained a pretty serious fracture in his left leg and was having trouble walking. His leg was in a splint and the break was so severe we weren't sure he was going to be able to use his leg again without expensive surgical repair. Floyd, however, had other plans. We kept his leg splinted and rechecked it several times between January and April. Boy, did Floyd learn to adapt. Tim would always show us videos and pictures of Floyd walking around the house and pulling himself around his large cage with his beak. As time went by he started using his leg more and using his foot to grip. We were very pleased with his progress, and by April 7th we were able to remove the splint! A bony callus had formed between the two fractured ends of the bone. The leg bone will likely never be normal, but it is functional and he is comfortable. Looks like Floyd got the last laugh.