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There is not much you need to understand, except that you can drive them into starvation by praising (!) that they finally gained a little weight and you don't get bruises from their protruding ribs anymore.
The user can't update the up: we update it for them (Choice in the CP poll)
Well, when I got married my wife came with a parrot to be more precise...
It is a clever and wonderful animal, but as it comes from a special recovery program in Argentina, therefore we don't know if it's a Mr. or a Mrs.
It speaks a lot.
It wants somebody close always.
Loves to destroy things.
My wife plays with it as a dog or a cat (in the couch and other places). I can't as it gets nervous and attacks me.
Shower time is party time! it loves being under the water.
Easy to maintain.
But you have to be careful... there are some meals that are venom (i.e. chocolate).
You can "walk"/"fly" it if you can convince it to wear a harness.
Sometimes while sleeping it falls down to the bottom of the cage... We still don't know why... we guess it doesn't know it either.
The biggest problem is when you need to answer a phone call or similar and it wants to speak too...
It is not a cheap animal.
It is easy in terms of obligations (you have to clean the cage once per week).
It opens it's feathers in order to allow our fingers to reach its skin while petting it.
I've seen my wife petting it and the parrot almost falling asleep.
So answering your question... no other pet I guess... usually those little boys live for 80 or more years so... probably the question should be which human will have it after we die...
We had a turtle for 20 years (no idea how old it was when it died - at least 28).
Had it not died, we were going to give it to one of our kids so their kids can have the same pet their (mommy/daddy) did. Not same kind, but same one, seemed kind of neat.
Easy maintenance. Practically none. Eats anything, although, unfortunately, since it was not a tortoise, it needs whole live food often to maintain its health. It's also quite a bit faster on its feet than a tortoise; quite a bit, indeed.
I didn't name it - and it was bought without my permission or knowledge (wife+kids did it).
As for the live food? I went out at dusk, flashlight, cup, and chopsticks, as "The Great White Hunter", and gathered slugs, snails, and worms.
In the summer, when he had quite the appetite, I ultimately nearly cleaned up the neighborhood of the (large spotted) slugs - traveling ever further to find a new colony. Interesting that I got this job for maintaining there beast.
In the winter, we let the house drop to 62 F (ca. 17 C) while we were out and he'd go into a semi-hibernation, eating and drinking next to nothing. Sometimes he'd warm up, escape from his 'place' (he was an amazing escape artist) and explore until he got too cold - whereupon he stopped wherever he was until found, retrieved, and put back in his place. This, without sand, was "His Place"[^]