Despite the current chaotic conditions across the globe, & talk of a ‘new normal’, we were pleasantly surprised to start receiving supplies of fresh, wild grass from amazing follower rosebudgie! These have been gratefully received by Perry & Lennie. It is a joy to watch them tucking into something they would naturally eat in the wild.
One week ago, on the 20th of May, we had a scary incident involving Perry.
It was a normal day with nothing remarkable about it, until Perry fell off his perch. Now this in itself is not remarkable as with his gradually growing lump he can be clumsy & it is precisely the reason why the floor of his cage is padded. I did not take much notice but looked across to make sure he was able to get back up, which he appeared to do.
Moments later, he fell again. This seemed odd, so I went over & about 3 or 4 times he twitched & uncontrollably jumped off the perch (hence falling) & each time I helped him back up. During what was the last fall he started making a strange squeaking sound. As I was concerned he would hurt himself (he was flailing about) I quickly put him in the travel cage. He was stressed in there & though he was jumping & climbing about, it was more stress-related than involuntary. I decided to put him back in with Lennie, where he (& Lennie) subsequently calmed down.
Concerned that he had had some form of seizure or even a stroke, I observed him closely. When he relaxed, he stretched both wings out, lifted a foot to preen (his balance was fine) & pooped but it was not until about an hour later that he started moving around and chirping. If I had not seen the incident with my own eyes I would have no indication that it happened. He was a bit quiet but it was a hot day so they were not very active anyway.
Since then, I have not witnessed it happen again. The possible causes are many. All I know, from experience with Bezukhov, is that you do not want these kind of things to happen in a ‘cluster’, so it is a good sign there has been this gap so far.
Hopefully it was just a one-off but as a precaution I have set up the webcam again so I can check in on them if I am away for a few hours.