Kiki’s Day Out

IMG_20140919_203750Hello friends!! Hope everything is cool at your end! Things are pretty much cool with me as well. I have many topics to blog about but somehow fall short of time. It’s high time for me now to blog quickly before my head bursts of overload of information. Without wasting time let me quickly describe about what I intend to write this time. I have been writing about many different things, of late. But the topic I’m writing today is something really unique and I’m very sure that all of you will get back to me saying the same. We see many birds flying in the sky. The thought that crosses when we see them is how free they are! No restrictions! (Of course, there is danger, but still they enjoy flying high). They fly high in a place where most of us yearn to be sometime at least during our lifetime. But when you actually see the birds freely flying in the sky, have you really thought about many other birds, which in their lifetime, have never seen any place other than the cage they are put up in! I’m writing about one such bird (a unique parrot found usually in parts of Africa) today, which we have named Kiki.

Kiki is our neighbor’s bird. Whenever Madhuri used to go to their place to get their dog, Leo, home, she would look at Kiki in her cage. She would feel bad about it and always made it a point to go and talk to her. It so happened that the neighbors had to be away from home for a couple of days. That is when they came over and asked us to keep Kiki with us for a few days. Never did we expect that this small little colorful bird Kiki had such a personality! She is a real stud. It, obviously, took some time for her to get used to the new environment and also the new set of people. Initially she used to bite all of us badly in case we tried to put our fingers inside the cage. But slowly, she started getting used to us. We always made it a point to keep her wherever we are sitting during the entire day. She started talking to us in her own Kiki language (that is how she gets the name Kiki). Step by step she started getting comfortable with us. When we just sit and think about the caged birds, we realize that how difficult it is for them. Sometime during their childhood, when they were carelessly sitting on some branch or wandering, they would have been caught and put in the cage for a life time. They naturally see every person with suspicion of falling prey again.

DSC_0436She started getting friendly with each one of us gradually. That is when Madhuri asked our neighbors to let Kiki be with us for some more time. Madhuri, being a stud in the world of animals and birds got us to put our fingers in the cage and pat her. Once Kiki got used to our touch, it was done and final. She, now, shouts and screeches at the top of her voice if we don’t sit with her and pat her. She insists that we massage her 24 x 7. I’m such a person who is dead scared of animals. But, now, after being with our neighbor’s dog for quite some time I’m almost out of fear (however, I still feel little scared to go in front of new, unknown dogs). And with Kiki I’m like a child. My husband calls me the official massage therapist for Kiki. She just enjoys when we massage her neck. She turns her neck to complete a full circle, so that we can reach her neck completely. She has reached the comfort level of letting Madhuri open the cage and hold her in her hands. When Madhuri puts her hand in the cage, Kiki comes and sits on her palm very cutely (cannot actually describe it in words).

We have a lot of fun talking to her in her Kiki language and we all enjoy massaging her and pampering her. But, then, we also feel very sad when we see her in the cage. She has such a restricted life inside the cage. We then don’t have a choice of letting her free as well. She has been in the cage for the entire life of hers and now if we even let her go, she will not be able to survive in the world outside, which she has never seen ever. She will surely not be able to protect herself from other birds. After giving it much thought, we decided that at least one day, for at least some time we will let free inside the house with all windows closed. On a weekend we ventured into this and I must say, it was worth a watch. Though she came out of the cage, somehow, she felt very comfortable in moving just around the cage hanging. She felt very safe around the cage. After all it’s the only place she has stayed all her life. Gradually, she started moving away from her cage and finally flew (just a bit though as she is new to flying as well). The leap was the moment for all of us. We really felt happy for her. She enjoyed it as well. All the while flying she was looking out for Madhuri, whom she trusts her life with. When Madhuri went in, that was it she flew right to her and sat on her hand. And yes, it was really a task to put her back as she was fearlessly sitting on Madhuri’s hand and didn’t want to leave the warmth of her hand.

This is Kiki for us. We had never imagined a bird to have such a colorful personality. Even to this day we feel sad for her as she sits in the cage the whole day and nibbles our fingers when we put it inside. We go in search of toys for her, so that she can have some new activity in the entire day. But in the end, we also know that she is better in the cage as she will at least be alive. If she is left open to the world, she will surely fall prey to the bad outside world. We just keep making sure that we keep her entertained and happy the whole day so that she doesn’t get bored of her caged place.

So friends, I’ve come out with something different this time- something new, which I’ve experienced and enjoyed to the fullest. I will come back again with something interesting yet again. See you soon.

Till then, Cheers!!!

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