In Loving Memory of Miracle

April 8, 1999-January 15, 2002
Flying Free but Eternally Remembered.

Miracle hatched on April 8, 1999 in the nestbox of a foster Peachface pair of lovebirds because her mother kept cracking all of the fertile eggs in the nestbox. Miranda will not use nesting material and this can be very hard on the delicate shells of eggs. Miracle's egg was the last one in the clutch that had not cracked so I moved it to what I thought would be a safer place.

There was nothing unusual about the first 4 weeks of her life and her foster parents took excellent care of her. However, all that changed on May 8, 1999 when I did my morning nestbox check and found that Miracle's crop was still empty at 10:00 a.m. I knew something was wrong so I prepared some handfeeding formula. While she was hungry, as quickly as the formula went down, it came back up. Within 30 minutes, we were sitting in my avian vet's office.

Thus began almost 3 years of vet visits, medications, injections and testing. Inspite of everything that I had to do to keep her alive and well, she never held a grudge or showed any fear. I will always remember her excited chirping when I would come home and go into my bedroom to say hello. She had a male companion to keep her company when I wasn't here but he was quickly abandoned the minute I walked into her world. The bond between us was incredibly close and I can't begin to describe the emptiness I feel without her. It's like part of me is gone. I know she is flying high and free on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. There is no more pain, no more seizures. I know I will see her again someday and I will cherish her memory until that day. She taught me a lot in the short time that she was part of my life. I can only hope to be worthy of what I learned.

I love you, Miracle......

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