Hi my name is Slipper and I am a Medium Sulphur Crested Cockatoo. My best friend is Merlin and he is a Citron Crested Cockatoo.
I am 87 years young. My friend Merlin is my toy boy and he loves me dearly. We do not share a cage as Merlin can get a bit much for me at my age, but we do like to have time out together so we can preen each other.
Despite my age I am still playful. I love toys, particularly screwed up paper, boxes, rope and wooden toys, all of which I shred to pieces. Whilst I’m shy of hands, I will occasionally sit on my safehouse Dad. Most of the time though, I’m happy to play in my cage, just as long as there is human company nearby. I particularly love it when the humans sing to me. I am not a very noisy bird and talk very sweetly and quietly.
I love all different foods, especially Johnson and Jeff No 1 Parrot Mix and Versele-Laga Prestige, which I have alongside my fruit and veg and Calcivet daily essentials. Things I do not like include: my safehouse mum being near me when I am out of my cage, touching me or my things and people cleaning my cage and toys.
Merlin is about 14 years old. He is very inquisitive and loves watching whatever you are doing. He particular loves bath time and regularly soaks the floor when he splashes and plays in the water. He also enjoys his food and is such a good boy eating his veggie chop.
Merlin also shows a preference for men, and enjoys spending time with our safehouse dad. He is quite a timid, highly strung bird and you will need patience to get to know him and vice versa. He can be a challenge to handle, and our safehouse dad does have to towel him to get him back in the cage. But in the right environment, with time and patience he could really thrive.
Our safehouse parent’s are very sad to let us go, especially as I, Slipper am in my twilight years. However, our humans have poor health and are struggling to cope with caring for us as well as themselves. As we share a strong preference for men, we need a male primary carer to look after us. Could it be you? Do you have room in your heart and home for a very odd couple of cockatoos?