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Glamour (South Africa) - - Celeb -

“I bought Barn­aby as a baby in 2002 from a shop that sells ex­otic birds near our 7de Laan stu­dios in Lone Hill. He re­sponded well to me in the shop and climbed to­wards me in the cage, so I knew he was the one.

“Barn­aby is now 15 years old and has out­lived all my other pets. He is a strong, and some­times noisy, pres­ence in my house and life. It’s im­por­tant to re­alise that an African grey par­rot can have a long life – up to 75 years if they are healthy – and that they re­main like lit­tle chil­dren who de­mand a lot of at­ten­tion. It’s a mis­take, and very cruel, to get tired of their pres­ence and ig­nore them just be­cause they be­come too de­mand­ing. They are flock an­i­mals and re­ally be­come part of a fam­ily.

“The older I get, the more I ap­pre­ci­ate Barn­aby’s loy­alty. He is such a friendly par­rot, and he has also taken part in 7de Laan as Amorey’s par­rot, Pi­etie. He was quite well-be­haved on set, though a lit­tle ner­vous. Act­ing is not his thing.”

An­nel­ize and Barn­aby.

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