|Click to enlarge: “This Budgerigar…is reacting to its toy as if it were a mate.”|
I cut this out of a parrot book and have had it hanging on my office wall for about two years now. The first time I came across it, I thought it was hilarious, in a black sort of way. I identified with that poor stupid budgie immediately. Imagine how lonesome and deprived it must be to willingly delude itself and bond with a fake plastic bird. That budgie can love the fake bird with all its might for the rest of its life, but no matter what it does, the fake bird can never, ever love it back. Hapless budgie.