For those familiar with the US TV show The Big Bang Theory, they will know what I mean by the Koothrapalli Effect. In summary, one of the show’s characters, Raj Koothrapalli, had an inability to speak to or around unrelated women – a medical condition known as selective mutism.
So, why am I bringing this up here? Lennie has been suffering the Koothrapalli Effect with regards to Moriarty! This was very frustrating, especially in the early days. Moriarty would be tweeting & chirping through the bars & although Lennie was showing a response (feathers raised, eyes dilated, beak tapping etc.) he was mute! It must have been off-putting for Moriarty, especially because at the time Perry was not interacting with him. Sometimes, Lennie would chirp but he would turn or move away from Moriarty before making a sound!
It was interesting that for a time, Moriarty got into the habit of walking about or sitting on top of the cage, above where Lennie was, & would listen to all of Lennie’s chat, knowing that if he descended down the side to be in front of him, Lennie would go silent.
Fortunately, over time Lennie has loosened up. It began with the odd chirp inadvertently escaping whilst Moriarty was close (Moriarty would be so excited when that happened!) Now, you would not think there had ever been a problem!
I am including some videos below to show the various interactions, silent & otherwise.
Chatty Moriarty, grumbling Perry & silent Lennie:
Lennie still mute even when actually going over to visit Moriarty:
Moriarty circling above a chatty Lennie:
Mutism? What mutism?