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Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

Almost but not quite 1/2 hs recall // YS harness prototype // manhandling grasping

Ivan with his cold cold nose rubbing on my nice warm nose told me it was time to be awake.


YS at 32.2 // Milli at 21.8 // Suri at 71.4

We did those usual morning exercises, back rubs and body squeezes which took the millis down to 21.0

Eventually YS flew into the PC room. I walked past the door very visibily carrying the suri box calling to him. I hold one of the tweezer with a nice succulent suri stabbed and in place at the end of the self retracting tweezer. Much as I liked suris, my fondness did not extend to having them as escapees. But with a body stabbed through, their chances of running away and raising big suri families would be very diminished. I decided I would try for a 1/2 hs recall. I was behind the frosted door and called to YS. My hand was raised but not in sight of him. I knew he saw the suris. In fact, I even extended that tweezer beyond the door with that suri for him to see for a couple of seconds before I took it back and started the recalls out of sight of him. I was about to give up and go for the 1/4 hs recall. Then I saw YS flying from his perch on the chair to the other side of the room and from that new angle, he caught sight of me , and raised hand and the suri. He then flew out to me. He got his click and suri treat and was send back into the room. He then landed on the fan perch to watch me. I moved to the other side of that PC room door way so I be out of his sight. I then called. In a little while, he flew from the fan perch to the other side of the PC room whereby he again caught sight of me to fly out to me for his click and suri again.

I cannot consider that he did 1/2 hs recalls. But you will agree still that he did almost but not quite 1/2 hs recalls.

But after that, he did not even bother to do that. After calling and calling, I went back to the 1/4 hs recalls.

Then while having my coffee and ciggie break, I decided I might as well do the prototype YS harness. With the pink ribbons, I went back to PC room to eyeball YS to get an approximate size for the head loop and the body strap. The design is based on Tinkerbell barness but not quite Tinkerbell harness. Some redesign was necessary because of the small size of YS. I found the loop I made where the body strap loops go through in the front was not practical if I used Tinkerbell design.

It will be important for the harness to be fitted fast. The small size of the loop under the head loop will make it difficult to thread the body strap loops through. So I used the fishing line for the body leash to fashion a bigger loop to make it easier to thread the body strap loops through.

So the proto harness was all ready to be worn on YS. I weighed that harness and body leash of about 3 feet of fishing line to be 0.6 gram. That is less than 2% of YS body weight.

The fishing line is Dyneema braided Ultra Black of 0.43 mm diameter and breaking strenght of 50 lbs or 22.7 kg. I do not think that YS would be able to pull and break that line.

Then I thought even the body squeeze that I did might not be enough. I might need to manhandle YS a little bit to put that harness on. By that time, YS came out of the PC room and was conveniently on the fan perch next to the TV.

SO I thought I better introduce YS to manhandling prior to actually putting on the harness. That came from that frog-in-pot-over-slow-fire technique. I was slowly getting YS to get used to all the things that needed to be done to him to put that harness on without getting him too upset.

With the milli box in front of YS, I gave him backrubs with the finger now actively going under his wing. He accepted that for a while. Then I did the body squeeze with him still actively chomping away at the millis.

I then up the ante. With my hand closed around his body, I lifted him from the fan. He struggled a bit but he could not get out of the grasp unlike earlier sessions of body squeeze whereby I released him when he struggled. I hold on to him for a couple of seconds. Then I released him. To my immense pleasure, he hopped out of my hand and onto the fan again. I stuck the milli box back under his beak for his reward.

I took a small break. Half an hour later, I did that manhandle grasp of YS again after the back rubs. I hold on for about 4 seconds and then I released him. He was getting very annoyed although he still stayed on the fan.

At 1215 pm, YS was 33.4 and the milli at 19.6 gm. That was the time for Ivan's turn to be out.

Then at 315 pm, YS was at 32.9 gm and his turn to be out.

So after the usual recalls, I tried the manhandling grasp on YS. He was reasoably good and I should have stopped then. I did the manhandling again with YS getting very visibly annoyed at me. Rationalising his annoyance as reluctance acceptance (he was backing visibly away from me on the fan) , I did the manhandling again. When I released him, he flew away from the fan and back to the books behind it. When he got on the fan again, he backed off everytime my hand was near him. He refused backrubs even, backing off when my finger neared him.

He would nicely fly to me on recalls. But he would not allow me to body squeeze him. I also decided not to try that for the rest of the afternoon.

Hopefully, he would allow me to do that tomorrow. My original intention fo putting the harness on tomorrow had to be postponed to the day after. And that only if he allows me to manhandle him tomorrow.

At 645, YS was at 33.6 gm. The millis at 17.8 (empty box) and suris at 69.9 (empty box)


Note: Normal weight range of shama is 28 - 32 grams
from the information below .



If what I wrote help you and you like to help, give a thought
for the wildlife sharing our planet.

Do write that cheque to Gerald Durrell wildlife trust


or to WWF or other conservation bodies of your choice

MM - mixed mash , from YSM 60%, Claus (food for insectivore birds)
20% and Sinlin 20% (local commercial food for shama)

YSM - Read "making of Yingshiong mash"

suri - Read "Conditioning clicker day 3 - and some tips on suris"

milli - read "Found the perfect treat and Yingshiong first "step up""

Yingshiong songs are in

She made more toys and took photos of those new toys for YS and the way YS was playing with them.

You can see that in folders

Yingshiong beady toys


The descriptions and captions of those photos will be lost if you use the slideshow, so it may be better if you see those photos one at a time.

If you liked the photos of Tinkerbell and Taiwan, most of those photos were taken by Joy with my camera.

For even more photos ot Tinkerbell and Taiwan, you should check out Joy's other folders in


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