I bought Twinkles because I loved her voice, and right away I knew that there was something special about this bird. The owner of the Pet Shop told me that she was a rare cross breed between a canary and a puffin and she may be the only one of her kind. I was looking for a canary and I didn’t know anything about a puffin bird, so I asked the guy if puffin birds puff up like blowfish. He said that would be very cute if they were able to do that, but their name stems from them having a dense and puffy covering of down feathers when they are babies and this keeps them warm when their parents are out hunting fish. He told me that he had been feeding this crossbreed tadpoles, which it seemed to enjoy and he said that he always kept a fresh supply on hand, because many of his customers that kept snakes and alligators think they make a tasty meal.
I bought some cat treats while I was at the Pet shop and the owner warned me not to try and separate my cat and bird, because creating space would only pique my cat’s curiosity and his predatory instincts. He suggested that I should try to train my cat not to attack the bird, but my best bet would be to get a real sturdy cage. It usually doesn’t end well when cats and birds live in the same house and birds will get hurt if cats become physical. My wife loved Twinkles, but her cat actually tried to eat the bird while it was in its cage, however it was unsuccessful in trying to get the door open. Sylvester the cat was always given plenty of food, so this was clearly a dominance thing on his part and he tried reaching his paw into the cage when the bird was sleeping, but when Twinkles woke up, she pecked him and we had to take Sylvester to the Vet. Round one for the bird, but Sylvester kept trying as if he was making it his mission to get the bird.
Twinkles was happy in her cage because she was singing every day and she loved the tadpoles that I was feeding her, but her fear of the cat, caused her to have an out of body experience. She created this smoky projection of her spirit using her third eye to frighten the cat off. This mystical power provided her perception beyond ordinary sight and now she was the one who was dominating the cat.
Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge #382 hosted by weejars aka Sarah that uses a photo by Pobble365.