Meet Wilbur, The Magnificent Hand Tamed Canary Extraordinaire!
Ray: "Wilbur On My Shoulder Makes Me Happy!"
"A Bird in the Hand" ........................................................Priceless! (photo Tom Hixson)
Wilbur Likes to Talk to Me! (photo Tom Hixson)
After Some Play Time, Ray Puts Wilbur Back in His Travel Cage for a Short Rest and a Snack. (photo Tom Hixson)
In His Travel Cage, Wilbur Takes A Drink of Water In Between Bites of Seed, Cantaloupe, and Broccoli! Wilbur Likes a Big Variety of Fruits and Vegetables.
After a Short While, Wilbur Began Begging Ty to Take Him Out Again.
From Here, Wilbur Likes to Nibble on Ty's Ear and Play With His Hair.
Ty Asks Wilbur For A Kiss.
Sweet Kisses, Wilbur Prefers Ty to Pucker Up While He Does All the Kissing!
Wilbur with his owners, Ray Terrazas and Ty Moorman, were a big hit at the Houston Canary and Finch Bird Show! Wilbur, a Spanish Timbrado Canary, was hatched in their aviary in the Spring of 08. Unfortunately, he was the runt of the clutch and not growing. Because of his smaller size, he was in danger of being trampled by his larger siblings.
Ray and Ty decided that if this disadvantaged canary was going to live, it would have to be hand fed. so at only two days old, it was removed from its nest, keep warm with a heat lamp, and totally hand fed with Kaytee Exact Baby Formula. Under their vigilant care, the canary thrived and became their special pet!
Ty decided to name him Wilbur, after another famous Wilbur, a pig, who also started out as a runt but who became a wonderful pet! Do you suppose this Wilbur can talk to spiders too?
Wilbur is an highly unusual canary! He is this tame only because he was totally hand fed from shortly after birth! Rare hand tamed canaries like Wilbur are much loved pets and priceless! In all my years in canaries, I have never seen a canary as tame as Wilbur!
A special thanks to Ray and Ty for sharing Wilbur with us and to Tom Hixson who sent me his pictures of Wilbur to dub in with my mine for this blog posting!