Taylor Mill, Kentucky, United States
Posted Aug 11, 2012
Mac was my father's pride and joy. We've had a lot of different birds in my household but Mac was definitely dad's favorite. Mac was a gorgeous bird and extremely friendly. He never nipped at anyone and wasn't even remotely aggressive. Mac was great at mimicking words and sounds and was very chatty. After my parents' divorce, Mac became somewhat of my dad's confidant. He helped my dad deal with the loneliness and gave him someone to talk to, as goofy as that might sound. That bird was an amazing gift to my father and helped him in ways a human couldn't. My dad was a very private man and rarely shared his feelings with anyone, but when he was with Mac he was an open book. When Mac passed away, I had never seen my father so depressed. We cried for a couple of days before we had a nice little funeral for Mac in our backyard where we buried him. My dad was a carpenter and built a beautiful wooden box for Mac to be buried in, it was quite emotional. I could never fully express my gratitude to Mac for being the greatest friend my dad ever had.
Macaws are amazing birds and make fantastic pets. I highly recommend them, especially for older people who live alone, as they can provide great companionship. Macaws are big birds though and have big poops, so you do have to clean their cages regularly. We always put newspaper down in Mac's cage--it made for quick and easy cleanup!