It’s been a while since I’ve come online on AA. Mostly because I’ve been extremely busy with work and partly because I’ve been grieving. Mithu, my IRN, passed away In July this year. August would have marked his one year with us. He did not have any health issues and he had frequent visits to the vet. The vet thinks it could have been old age. A little backstory on him here: Pictures - STORYTIME: An Introduction & a Lesson | Avian Avenue Parrot Forum We never knew how old he was when we rescued him. Although we could never tame him to let us touch him after he developed his fear of hands, he still learned a lot of ways to communicate with us. He wasn’t afraid of us anymore and would let us come up close to him. He was the loud one in the house and my tiel would always follow his lead. He really, really loved my ‘tiel. Although, he did not like my tiel, Ahmed, at first, he quickly got over it and would spend all his time with him. He would play with him and feed him. First bites were always reserved for Ahmed. Although his time with us was short, I’m happy I could provide him a safe and happy home. He really came out of his shell and was happy with us. When he passed away, I couldn’t believe it for the first few days. I was extremely attached to him. I don’t think I cried more in my life then when I did after losing him. For a long time, I couldn’t even look at his cage without crying. I never had the heart to remove his toys and keep everything away. It always remained. Only after such a long time, I have come to peace with what happened. I know he’s in a better place now. I will always cherish his memories. Ahmed, my tiel, hasn’t been coping very well. He thrives in company and he doesn’t like being alone anymore. He talks a lot (phrases and whistles) and all of that stopped after Mithu passed away. He’s been doing better now. The other day, we had a playdate and my mom’s friend bought over her bird and Ahmed was really, really happy. It’s been a while now and I’m ready to rescue another bird but ofcourse, Mithu will always have a special place in my heart. He was my first bird and he taught me everything there is about love.