Tuesday, February 03, 2009
After a long day of entertaining visitors to Lorikeet Forest, Piper, Bo and the rest of the Lories occasionally look forward to a Avian “Happy Hour” after the last guest has left.
During Lorikeet Happy Hour, Aquarium of the Pacific staffers bring out of bowls of smoothies and nectar for the brightly colored birds to fill out their diet. They then bring out a box of toys for the lorikeets to enjoy. With great anticipation the lories will flock around the toy-box waiting for it to be open. Some can’t seem to wait and will land directly on the box trying to open it themselves.
When the box is finally opened a frenzied flock of feathered frolickers will sift through the toys on the ground looking for their favorite ones. For example, Bo the lorikeet enjoys dancing around and tossing about a small toy penguin. Bo will approach the penguin and prance around it like he’s trying to impress it with his dancing ability. A little later Bo will grasp the penguin with his beak and fling it up in the air like a fancy move in “Dancing with the Stars”. It’s quite entertaining to watch. If they allowed lorikeets on the TV Show I think the judges with be greatly impressed by Bo’s moves. Most of the items are heavy duty bath or kid toys. These birds are rough on their playthings.
Other lorikeets like Piper will ignore the toys and play with the staffer supervising the playtime. During one of my late marine mammal shifts I decided to visit the lorikeets during their Happy Hour. While trying to take pictures of other birds, Piper would give me a hard time by constantly pushing my hat over my eyes so I couldn’t see what I was trying to photograph. He also would land on my camera just to see himself in the lens. It was all kind of silly on his part. Of course if you asked Piper he’d just blame the whole thing on having a little too much nectar to drink during the Lorikeet Happy Hour.
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