Pet-of-the-Day - Meet Coco

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  • April 6, 2020

Coco cannot live without his mirror!

Your name:     Carmen Ocasio

Job title/department:     Marketing and Communications

What kind of pet do you have (dog, cat, bird, etc.)?      Bird-Grey Cockatiel

What is your pet’s name?      Coco

How did you come up with this name?      My dad named him. He rescued him and gave him to me.

How old is your pet?   About 9 years old

What is your pet’s gender?    Male

Describe your pet in three words:    Stubborn, funny, and curious

What is the thing your pet cannot live without?     A mirror

Can your pet do tricks? If so, what?      Watching the world hanging upside down on his perch for extended periods of time and mimicking a siren.

What is the best trick your pet has taught you?   Patience

Do you have a nickname for your pet?     Coco Bean, Coco Rico

You know your pet is in a good mood when he/she does this:     Tilts his head sideways, runs to his mirror or hanging wooden block while opening and closing his beak, then comes towards me and starts singing.

Your pet’s favorite spot to hangout is:   In front of a mirror

Favorite toy:   His mirror or wooden block

One habit you would love to change:     Getting jealous when I talk to someone else while near him

Does your pet prefer to play with people, or other animals?      His mirror

Does your pet like children?   No

If you could ask your pet one question and they’d be able to answer it, what would it be?    What are you thinking?

Can your pet read your emotions?    Yes

Funniest moment you’ve had with your pet:     Coco was rescued from an abusive situation, and it took me a long time to get him to trust me. However, now if I am spending time with him and I talk to someone else he gets jealous, gives this look, fluffs up and turns his back on me. The first time I was shocked and laughed so hard. Didn't know they had this type of personality.

What is the most rewarding aspect of owning your pet?   Being so busy with school, work and volunteering, it's so nice to come home and spend time with him. I can slow down for a little, relax, and laugh at his funny personality.

Additional Comments: I’ve learned the mirror is his reflection “companion”. He thinks it is another bird; got attached to it because I’m rarely home. When I spend time with him then he is attached to me, and when someone or something else breaks that connection, he gets upset. Similar to when a child thinks "their best friend suddenly has another best friend!”