Ann and Friends

By Ann Gelles



Ann & Friends – Story #15



       I met Pat today before sunrise.  We ate together.  Pat told me all about Yuki.  Pat is a friend of a friend.  Pat has two cats, two love birds and two cockatoos.  Yuki is Pat’s favorite bird.  Yuki is a cockatoo.  Yuki is 15.  Cockatoos can live 5 decades.  He is a foot and a half tall.  Yuki is just one color, ivory.


       Pat gives Yuki food twice a day.  He snacks all day on the food Pat gives him.  Yuki really loves fruit like bananas and apples.  He also eats corn or lettuce.  He is quite messy.  Pat is Yuki’s maid.  I bet Yuki wouldn’t eat bugs or worms like other birds.


       Yuki’s cage sits behind the sofa.  Pat lets him go free at home every day between 4 and 9 o’clock.  Yuki flies round all the rooms of Pat’s home.  Sometimes, Yuki sits beside Pat on the sofa.  Sometimes, Yuki sits on Pat’s right knee.  Yuki looks at the television with Pat.  I bet Yuki has a favorite television program.  Pat says he doesn’t like the news.  Together, they view the world beyond the panes of glass.  Yuki looks at the wild birds above and below.


       Yuki makes dog sounds with the doorbell.  He squawks a lot if new friends visit.  He dives at people beneath him.  It seems that he wants an ID before he will let you in.  Pat’s friends like Yuki because he is the life of the party.  He can talk.  He can say, “Hello, good-bye and want some.”


       Sometimes he plays tag with the other cockatoo.  He plays hide-and-seek with Pat.  Sometimes, he will flirt with the two love birds.  But, they only have eyes for each other.


       The love birds like their cage so they never go free.  Yuki usually poops before he exits the cage.  Birds can poop 15 times a day.  Fortunately for Pat, Yuki uses the toilet if he is free.  “Cool bird,” I say.  I hope I can meet Yuki.


Name:    ____________________

Date:      ____________________



Ann and Friends



Move the cursor to the second new line before brailling your answers.  Space and dot 5 will move the cursor forward at a time.  Be sure to answer in complete sentences.


1            Who is Yuki?

2            How long can cockatoos live?

3            What does Yuki like to do when he is not in his cage?

4            What does Yuki do when the doorbell rings?

5            What show on TV does Yuki hate?

6            How does Pat care for Yuki?

7            Why might Pat have a pet bird like Yuki?

8            What does Yuki want before he will let someone in?

9            Would you like to own a bird like Yuki?  Why or why not?

10        What does Yuki do that other birds don’t?