Crusty old Buddy has a cracker chance at record

Sunday News - - FRONT PAGE - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

A steady diet of Jimmy’s Pies could be an Otago cock­atiel’s se­cret to a long life.

Roxburgh cock­atiel Buddy is on track to break­ing the Guin­ness World Record for the old­est cock­atiel when he turns 32 in June.

Anne Walders and her late hus­band bought Buddy in 1986 to re­place their pre­vi­ous cock­atiel, John Wayne, who flew off her shoul­der while she was mow­ing the lawns.

Buddy has had a long and happy life, be­ing raised along­side Walders’ two chil­dren who are now 46 and 47. He of­ten travelled in the car as a young bird, wolf-whistling at peo­ple on pedes­trian cross­ings and ac­com­pa­ny­ing the fam­ily on trips to Nel­son. He even had his own place at the ta­ble where he fre­quently en­joyed a Jimmy’s Pie – a fa­mous Otago brand – and a cup of cof­fee.

‘‘Usu­ally if we are sit­ting here hav­ing a pie and he is sit­ting on a chair, he goes crook un­til he gets a piece,’’ Walders said.

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