usual, early part of the month was so busy that
now I can resurface from my lurkdom.
last month, I witnessed a fantastic tantrum from
that I hope never to see again.
first, I need to fill in some background.
MJ is a Taiwanese married to an English man with
kids, a little girl about 5 and a boy, J, about 7.
is a very old friend of my wife Joy and my friend
Since she came back to Taiwan for a while with
two kids, we invited her to spend a weekend with
came over on Friday. The girl was nice but the
was one of those hyperactive kind. While we have
friends staying with us before, they have always
far less active.
was not feeling very well as it was that day.
the way the kids played with Zorro my ferret, I
to curtail Zorro's freedom and returned him to
cage. HT the Bim disappeared the way only cat
In the evening, after seeing J trying to give a
of paper with oil paint on it to Tinkerbell, I
my teeth and returned Tink back to the cage.
time friendship with his mother hold my hand from
that brat into the washing machine and
it through its cycles. J wasn't very
by his mom.
know that Tink sleep outside the cage in my
Not only was I not prepared to let Tink
with J around, I made it a point to sit on the
by her side to make sure nothing else can happen
until J got into the spare room to sleep.
sick to start with and together with J antics,
got me seriously unwell. So much so that I had
go to bed very early with Tink still in her cage.
wife Joy told me that when the lights were switched
Tinkerbell must have been so aghast that she was
in the cage and we were at home that she raised
ruckus and threw her toys about in the cage. Joy
not going to wake me, not that I think I could
morning I woke up feeling much better. Tink
to be grouchy in the cage. But as I had to go
the office that Saturday and as I woke up late, I
only the time to give Tink her mash and rushed
I knew the plans were for all of them to go off
for the day giving me some relief from the
of the kids at home.
came back after work to let Tink out of the cage.
was quiet and did not greet me as normal. She kind
look at me from her perch, ignored my hand and
out to fly to other hanging perches. She did
even look at me when I initiated recalls. But as
normally want a period of time to herself to do
exuberant flying, I thought no more of that.
she was not flying and not preening but just
on the tower looking at me. Then Joy and that
came home. Now, Tinkerbell hardly ever pay any
to Joy at all. But when I called Tinkerbell
come to me, Tink made a point of flying to Joy's
for a few seconds before flying off to yet
perch. I thought Tink was finally warming up
Joy. After I tried 3-4 recalls with Tink flying to
each time, I started to think it to be strange.
stunned me enough to know it was very unusual was
I walked to Tink, reached out my hand and asked
to 'step up'. No matter what, that cue is so
into her that she will always do that if
turned her back to me and refused to step
She then flew a short distance away. Again and
I approached her and asked her to step up and I
amazed to see she refused to do so and refused
to look at my direction.
then told me about the night before that Tink
and cried in the cage. That made me feel so
that I had to apologise to Tink and explained that
was sick. I have no idea if she knew what I was
to her. But Tink then flew to my shoulder and
very feisty, hooking her claws to my shirt, she
downwards to my chest and screamed and
away mouthing me rather hard. She then
up and down from one shoulder to the other
before quieting down to sit by the side of
sofa for her headrubs.
the kids came out of their room. The moment J
to sit on the sofa besides me, Tink flew over to
near him. She walked the foreign legion walk the
way as she would do the Halftail the Bim. Much
I love Tink chewing on J, I felt honor bound to
up Tink and asked J to play in another room.
seemed to blame them for the disruption to her
was only on Monday that they left that Tinkerbell
forgiven me. Returning to me on cue, flying
perches on cue and being again her sweet self to