OMG! I am all verklempt. =/
My very first bird was a java rice bird (finch) that I raised from a few days old when I was a young teenager in Japan. Chip-Alert was my constant companion, and what a character he was! I always took him out (yes, in the busy streets of Tokyo) and it never occurred to me that he would fly away. He never went far from me, though fully flighted. He loved traveling in my pocket, and he would come out at the park or un-crowded areas and he would chase me around or circle around my head or watch the world on my shoulder. One day, I came home from school and my bird was gone. My mother had given him away to a taxi driver. She thought I was spending way too much time with a bird, and believed it to be the best thing to do. It broke my heart.