Some of my recent posts have been about milestones Moriarty has achieved as he settles in. But milestones do not need to be about the young or those in new, developing situations, they can also apply to the old, or those in well-established routines.
Take Lennie, for example. From some point early on (post-quarantine days) he decided he needed to be wary of me. He will always give me a wide berth – sometimes very wide! His only slight exception will be if millet is involved. Ordinarily, this would be a great training tool but since Lennie is very overweight, I decided it best not to encourage more millet-eating just so I could get near him.
So, you can imagine my surprise when, on the 1st of May, he voluntarily landed on my finger!
Alas, it was not a new-found acceptance of me but a need to not miss anything with Perry & Moriarty!
Perry & Moriarty were on my hand, in front of Moriarty’s cage, flirting & running up & down my arm. My other hand was beside them (between them & the cage). Their flirting intensified & Lennie made his way over to the top of Moriarty’s cage to investigate. I could see he desperately wanted to join Perry & Moriarty but was holding back as they were on me! Nevertheless, I kept my free hand out, positioned where he could easily fly down to it, thinking he will never come, but he wanted to join in the fun so much that he actually flew down onto my finger! He was not there long as he realised pretty quickly that this was an out-of-the-ordinary event & he did not want me to get the wrong impression!
Still, it was a nice feeling & nice to know that even when habits & routines are well-established, an occasional leap into unknown territory is possible!