25 August 2016
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Both Bezukhov & Dalai have bent & chewed tails.
My first thought was that Phineas was the culprit, mainly because his is the only tail that is still straight. Also, if a tail is waved in front of Phinny then he will tug it, to the point that whoever’s tail it is will almost unbalance & fall off the perch. It seemed the likely scenario.
However, over time I have witnessed another culprit…. Dalai! One time, when Bezukhov was minding his own business, I saw Dalai on the ttmss swing below him, purposefully swinging across & grabbing his tail. The striking thing was that this was done in the name of play. Bizarrely, Bezukhov appeared to just go along with it & did not seem to mind Dalai grabbing his tail & almost hanging off him.
On another occasion, Phineas was on the landing platform & was tucking into a slice of apple that I was holding. Dalai noticed this but was torn between wanting to eat the apple too (flock mentality) & not wanting to eat it because I was holding it (not tame) so in the end, pulled Phinny’s tail as if to physically drag Phinny away so no one could eat the apple! This took Phinny by surprise but he was too big to budge so Dalai gave up.
Bezukhov with bent tail
Dalai (with bent tail) & Phineas