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Message #1271.

Name:Anna and Boo
Date:Wednesday February 11, 2004 4:06:48 pm MST
Subject:Shameless thievery, busted!
Message: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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