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My name is Kim Wilkerson. Our animal family members always bring us so
much joy. I have worked in the veterinary field for over 15 years and
now work part time teaching at my children's school. We decided to
adopt a Toucan ( a male Green Aracaris) from Jerry Jennings at Emerald
Forest Bird Gardens. When our bird arrived, the first thing I saw was a
beautiful colorful beak poking through the carrier door. The name Pokey
seemed perfect.
Right from the start Pokey loved to be cuddled and petted. We set up
his aviary in our kitchen family room area where he is with us all the
time. Though the dogs bark and the kids yell, Pokey is so happy and
content to be a part of it all. He purrs all the time especially when
we hold him. He loves to put his tail up and fall asleep on me at night
before we all get ready to go to bed. He lets anyone hold him and
really enjoys socializing when we have company. It is so entertaining
to watch him play with his toys or toss a piece of fruit in the air and
go diving after it.
Pokey has been a great addition to our family. He has the sweetest
disposition and is so incredibly beautiful with his colors becoming more
vibrant each day. For us, just like potato chips where you can't have
just one....we are getting another Green Aracaris in the spring! Thank
you Jerry for such a great bird and we look forward to our next sweetie
to arrive.