Rescue
Rescue bird who plucked out all her feathers hears favorite song and starts to dance
Audrey got the moves (and she's even better than her owner)!
Cherie Gozon
04.04.22

We humans grieve when we lose our pets. We often treat them as siblings or children, and all those times we shared with them will be treasured forever. The pain will go away in time, but the grieving process can sometimes take longer. Sometimes, a new pet comes along to make us whole again.

This is true with our pets, too.

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Unsplash - Ryan Walton

Animals have emotions, and their attachment to their humans grows each day. So, when their owner dies, they grieve as well. This often manifests in a change of disposition – like a once-happy dog suddenly becoming aloof.

Audrey the Cockatoo had a different way of mourning.

A man named Misha Sitova met an 85-year-old lady at work. She shared how her husband had passed away and left not only her but also his bird named Audrey. She was so depressed when her owner passed away that she ripped out all her feathers.

The only feather left of her was in her head, tail, and the ends of her wings.

YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo
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YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo

Misha met Aubrey twice, and the second time, Audrey just flew in his arms. At that time, he knew he should save this bird. He and his wife, Kristin, took Audrey home, and that’s when their lives changed.

Misha and Audrey bonded immediately. However, it took Kristin weeks to gain her trust.

YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo
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YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo

Audrey would often stick to Misha’s side wherever he went. She would sit with him while he worked, and she loved to cuddle with him, too. It was a smooth and easy transition for Misha to get used to having Audrey around.

It took around two to three weeks before Kristin could hold Audrey’s hand.

YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo
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YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo

She had to build up Audrey’s trust, and it was all worth it. Kristin realized that Audrey’s form of bonding with her was doing her hair. The sweet Cockatoo would pull her hair using her beaks as if she was combing it.

But what turned Audrey around was music – and she’s a happier bird since.

A couple of weeks in, Misha started playing music, and Audrey began singing! She danced to the song’s beat, and the couple was overwhelmed by how much their rescue bird grew out of her shell.

YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo
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YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo

They also noticed how Audrey was imitating Misha’s movements when they put some music on.

You can see in the video below how the once-aloof bird showed off her dancing flair. From slow and easy dancing to wild headbanging! Audrey can do them all.

Even with two dogs and a cat, the Cockatoo was a perfect blend in their family.

@kristinsitova We tried to do a family photo shoot but Audrey had bigger plans #pet #petlover #family #photo #fyp ♬ Break My Stride – Chateau Pop


Misha and Kristin loved every minute with her, and their dogs didn’t seem to mind having a new sibling, albeit one of a different species. They even cuddle together during slow Sundays!

We should also commend the couple for giving this Cockatoo a second chance.

According to Misha, “her demeanor steadily became so much happier” compared to when they took her in. It showed not only in her lively dancing or impeccable singing but also in the warmth of her kisses and cuddles.

Audrey lost and grieved for her old owner. But now, she has a new family that loves her so much.

Check out a video about Aubrey below!

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By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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