George the Lonely Lovebird

Val Mills By Val Mills, 17th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The dangers of not knowing how to care for a pet lovebird

The Lonely Bird

When I arrived in the large open plan classroom George, the old lovebird,had already been resident there for many years. Mine was one of three teaching spaces in the area, but George, it seemed, was my responsibility.
I am a cat person, not a bird person. I was terrified at the prospect of having to care for George, but was assured it would be easy. George had been cared for by the older students in the room - that is the seven year olds - for as long as anyone could remember. They did the daily cleaning and attending to water and food and took it in turns to babysit over longer holiday periods.Even the school's old caretaker had George in his best interests. I managed to relax a little, but never really became fond of George.

A New Mate for George

George had at one time, it seems, had a mate called Georgina. The two lovebirds had apparently made a happy pair. And that apparently was a problem. George was starting to look a bit down apparently, a bit on the lonely side.
According to one parent, a bird enthusiast, George needed a new mate. Lovebirds are meant to be pairs, not alone. That same parent just happened to have a spare female in his aviary at home and he was prepared to make George happy, to give George a new interest in life.
The new Georgina was brought to school and installed into the cage with George. The children watched anxiously throughout the day as the two birds alternated between friendly curiosity about each other and extreme shyness.
By the end of the day the two were sitting side by side on the perch. I finally turned off the lights, closed the door and went home.

The Official Cause of Death

Imagine my horror when I discovered poor old George dead at the bottom of the cage next morning, with his perch beside him. Georgina sat up on the other perch in the farthest corner of the cage.
I quickly called the caretaker, who had always been very fond of George. He did a bit of a chuckle, proclaiming that the new girl was obviously too much for George. Not that we should tell the children that though.
George was removed and on arrival at school the children learned that George was dead. They were told his perch had fallen and hit him on the head.
The whole school mourned George, as many of the older children had shared their classroom with him and cared for him during school holidays.
It was a small school, of little more than 100 students. An official service was held, written by the children and the event enabled lots of amazing writing to be done.
The new Georgina returned to her previous home, no doubt thankful to be relieved of her new old groom.

The Unofficial Cause of Death

Whilst the children had been told the official story of the fallen perch, in the staff room we laughed as we told our own version of the story. It was generally agreed that George's new mate was just too much for him.
The stories became more exaggerated over morning coffee and the unofficial version of George's cause of death will always linger on. George just was too old for a new love in his life. He had been without Georgina 1 for too long. The excitement and energetic wooing of Georgina 2 was just too much for him and he died of over excitement.
In hindsight now I can't but help thinking the young Georgina was appalled at finding the old fellow for a new mate and she just simply pecked him to death.

Should Lovebirds always have a Mate?

We will never know what really happened. Hopefully poor old George went to bird heaven with a smile on his face.
I can't help wondering, do lovebirds have only one mate for life or can they adapt to lady lovebird number two?
Meanwhile, I have avoided birds as pets ever since, especially lovebirds.


Birds, Caring For Caged Lovebirds, Choosing A Mate, Lovebirds, Pets, Teacher Stories

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author avatar richardpeeej
17th Feb 2012 (#)

What a lovely touching and heartfelt story about poor old George Val. Thank you for sharing this and for giving us a brief look into your teaching life....

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author avatar Jules Castillo
17th Feb 2012 (#)

i once had lovebirds but they died... i knew someone who has a lot and they reproduce rapidly...

great page on lovebirds ...sad story

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author avatar Songbird B
18th Feb 2012 (#)

Sad ending to poor George, but I had to smile at the wonderful way you told this sad and sorry tale..Thanks for sharing Val..

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author avatar ittech
18th Feb 2012 (#)

interesting writing again . Thnx for sharing .

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author avatar Sheila Newton
18th Feb 2012 (#)

Oh, what a poignant story. Never kept lovebirds - but I kept a budgie and LOVED him dearly for 6 years until he died.

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author avatar Buzz
19th Feb 2012 (#)

A very sad story of George, Val. Thank you.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
20th Feb 2012 (#)

Val you told that so wonderfully, a sad tale really, but you made it somehow beautiful in your writings:0) reading your articles and true life stories thanks Val!

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