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Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

First attempts at harnessing Yingshiong

830 am

And before that weighing, YS was given backrubs and body squeeze immediately he landed on the fan after coming in.

YS at 32.2 //MM at 38.0 // milli at 21.3

Considering that YS was at 32.6 at 630pm yesterday, I had expected him to be lighter than 32.2 gm this morning even if he had .4 gm of MM for breakfast.

After the weighing, he again had his back rubs and body squeeze to get him as familiar as possible to weighing. The barness was also dangled on his neck and head as he ate the millis.

Then the recalls were done. I took care to let him have only one or two for each c n t. Then it was back to back rubs and body squeezes again. The milli was down to 20.9 gm.

I shut the sliding door on me with YS in the apartment. There were a far amount of suris inside the traps I set in the cricket cum smb3 and smb2 to harvest them. I was going to get some suris to console YS in case he was annoyed when I eventually get the harness on him later today. But when I saw the number of fat gravid suris in the traps, I thought that I better start a pure suri main box without any millis with them. The amount of millis was staggering in the smb. As the millis were so carnivourous devouring dead crickets, I thought the millis might have inhibitted the suris from multiplying as much as I wanted. So the 30 odd fat suris were place into a psmb with peatmoss to be fruitful without any millis to trouble them. But 3 mid size suris were set aside to console YS later.

I also took a couple of photos of the harness below.



YS was flying about to the kitchen, bedroom and PC room , very chirpy , alert and in good spirits. I later joined him in the PC room where he did a couple of 'almost but not quite' hs recalls with Joy in the room watching on. I showed Joy what she read about before, the 1/4 hs recalls.

Then eventually, he came back to living room.

At 1015am, YS was on the fan by the TV. It was time for me to try to harness him. I hang the harness on my left arm as I offered the millis to him with my right. I started with a backrub but with fingers extended for a body squeeze. Joy was the photographer.

As my fingers and palm curled around him, I quickly placed the milli box down and reached for the harness to place it around him. I thought he would remain still with perhaps a bit of struggle when I started to place the harness on him. Instead of that, he immediately bolted as my fingers were only loosely helped around him. In a split second, he shot out of my finger and flew to the top of the cupboard. I had a shock that he could move so fast before I could even put the harness loop over his head.

He called to me from top of the cupboard and flew off to the main door. The shock ebbed from me and I could only smile at my first attempt to harness him. He looked at me and then flew back to top of the TV calling chair chair chair at me and then to the top of the cupboard again. He was not showing any fear of me. It seemed rather he was annoyed at me. I hold up the milli box and did a recall and he responded well with little hesitation.

I told Joy that perhaps I would give him another 30 minutes before I try to harness him again.

So I did my thing which was to watch the Torino Olympics while YS did his thing. But when he flew to the top of the main door and started to do his territorial singing, I knew I would have to wait longer. I mentioned before that he treated his territorial singing very religiously and he would not bother to come down till he was done. I might as well continue to watch the Olympics.

At 130 pm, it was time for him to be back in flight room where he was weighed to be 32.5 gm. And time for Ivan to be out.

At 230pm, YS was out again. I was pleasantly surprised that he allowed me to do his backrubs and body squeezes when he was on the fan again. I did a bit of recalls and decided to harness him a bit later at 315pm.

He allowed me to give him backrubs and body squeeze. Since I knew how fast he could wriggle out, I changed that to a manhandling grasp, placed down the milli quickly and grapped the harness fast. In the speed and excitement, and as the ribbon used to make the harness was so small, the ribbon stuck together and I had difficulties to open the ribbons to form the loop for the head. Precious seconds went by as YS was struggling and screaming and wriggling. I then got the loop open and placed it around his neck. I had to insert the body loop under his wings which was more difficult than I thought with him struggling and screaming. I had to loosen my grip to get one end of the bodystrap under one wing. Then as I was doing that to the other wing, he struggled and broke free and flew screaming to the main door and then doubling back and screamed all the way into his flight room and immediately got into his cage.

I felt so bad, that he was going to be so angry and fearful to me and that I really blew it. I was too embarrased to walk over and looked at him. Joy was indecently cheerful about it all and walked over to say hi to YS brooding deep in his cage. She turned back to get the milli box as peace offering. YS did not take. I then asked Joy to take a tweezer with suri on it and try. To my surprise and great happiness, YS took the suri from her. 5 minutes later, YS flew out of his cage onto the cage door perch and looked at me. I felt encouraged by him to take a suri, wave it and try a recall. I was very pleased when YS flew to perch on my finger, accepted the suri and flew back to his cage door perch. I took the millis out and YS came back to me.

I thought I gave myself a greater fright than I gave YS. When YS was on the fan, I walked over to offer millis that he took. But when my left hand approached him for backrub, he immediately flew off to the main door.

So it wasnt that bad after all. That experience did not drive him into catatonic shock and a forever fear of me. If he did not care for backrubs from me, I can only say understand.

I recalled him again and he immediately came back to me. That was a big big relief. It seemed that my building up of reservoir of goodwill with him paid off. While he was annoyed at that attempt, he was not that annoyed with me.

Later, he eventually entered the PC room again with Joy iin it. I went over to YS perched on the fan, twirled my finger to get him softly singing at me and playing 'king on the hill' with my finger. Joy was entranced by that and wanted to try that with YS. To her chagrin, YS backed off her finger and when she approached closer, flew off to top of the cupboard.

He flew down to the fan after Joy sat on the chair. I then offered YS milli and told him I give him backrubs. To my delight, YS allowed me to do backrubs and body squeeze.

Despite the indignities I suhjected him to just 20 minutes before, YS seemed to have totally forgiven me.

You can see the sequence of photos taken by Joy in her folder

You will see the attempts to harness him in the morning and in the afternoon. The last four photos of head rubs and body squeeze were in the PC room on top of the fan in there.

Then in a short while YS decided to sing and sing and sing, from soft songs to territorial burst of songs. He could not have been that angry at me.

Perhaps I might try again tomorrow.

At 6 pm, YS was at 33.0 gm. 38.4 MM was measured and inserted after he slept. Milli box was empty at 17.8 gm.


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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