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C. wrote on the Nanday Conure Forum message board: > That is hysterical! What a funny story! Hey if they can open jars, > imagine what else they could do. I think that they should use their > talents towards other pursuits...like in the movie Paulie. LOL. > Best, > C. > > > Anna and Boo wrote: > > I was checking (my macaw) Salsa's almond jar the other day, and > > wondering why there were so many shells. I mean, when I bought them > > there were some crushed ones, but I couldn't have missed noticing > all > > the empty shells, right? And then I realized that the jar is ALWAYS > > open. Not just when I forget to close it... Every time I look, the > > lid is off. > > > > OK. So the conures are out on their playtree, in the same room. I > > check their food cups. Pellets are untouched, but, Aha! their water > > is full of almond shell bits. So that's where the almonds are > > going...but how? Now I'm curious. > > > > I set them up. Put an angled mirror in the room, left the door open > a > > crack so I can see the action, and pretend to leave. Jar with nuts, > > lid closed, sitting on a nightstand next to the table. The conures, > > playing quietly on their tree. > > > > And then it happens. Bailey, Trooper, Boo, and Senna jump-flap 2' > > onto my table, while the rest of the Green Meanies freeze and watch > > intently. The four members of the robber gang then hike the 6' > length > > of my table, and hop down onto the stand, next to the jar of nuts. > > Bailey (the technically minded safecracker) hangs off the jar > label, > > grabs the lid edge, gives it a hard sideways yank, and throws the > lid > > off. All four proceed to climb in the jar and help themselves to > the > > almonds. Boo and Senna hike back to the tree, and promptly get > their > > almonds confiscated by the higher-ranking Ruby and Jade. Bailey > sits > > on the edge of the jar and proceeds to work open his almond. > Trooper > > does the same, but after a few aborted attempts, drops his nut back > > in the jar and makes Bailey share his. Bailey complains, and gets > > himself another nut. Senna and Boo arrive at the jar again, and > this > > time do the intelligent thing, working their almonds open on the > > spot. Ruby and Jade on the playtree are periodically dipping their > > almonds in the water dish - apparently they've learned to wet and > > soften the shells up, so that they are easier to open. Smart, smart > > Ruby. > > > > After watching this process repeated a couple of times (wish I had > a > > camera!), I can't hold it anymore and burst out laughing. The > > thieving foursome look shocked and run back to the tree, but not > > without grabbing their last almonds. Of course, when I walk in the > > room everyone is quietly sitting on the playtree, pretending that > > nothing is wrong. The clever little sneaks! > > > > So now, the almond jar resides in another room. The conures get > their > > almonds, one apiece, when I hand them out. No more thievery, and no > > more mysterious almond shells in the jar!
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