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  Ravi, adopted on 01/06/09, † 06/25/14

RaviMany people love animals. But loving them doesn't always mean doing them good. One spectacular case of misunderstood love of animals was discovered here in Germany a few weeks before Christmas in 2008. In our capital Berlin, there was a man who shared his 62 square meters domicile with hundreds of budgies and a few cockatiels, the media claimed. The journalists were talking about 500 birds in this apartment. There have been several reports on TV about this topic. When I heard about the story, I surfed to the website of one of these TV stations to get some more information. What I found was a shocking video shown on the website of RTL. After looking at it, I was sure there were disabled or injured birds among these animals. The public authorities have announced they would soon confiscate the birds and make sure they would find new homes. Here in Germany, we have a club of budgie lovers which is called Verein der Wellensittich-Freunde Deutschland (VWFD) Externer Link. Some club members live in Berlin, so they offered their help to the authorities. And I told the VWFD that I was willing to give a home to two handicapped birds.

RaviStaff members of the local veterinary office were in charge of the rescue mission, and also someone from the VWFD was involved in it. As this woman told me, it took them two nights to get all the birds out of the apartment. In fact first reports were wrong about the number of birds. They caught 1728 birds in that domicile, among them circa 50 cockatiels. All the other birds were budgies. In countless cages the majority of the birds have been brought to the local animal shelter. During the rescue mission, the participators found about 30 budgies who were seriously injured or ill. These birds have been brought to a woman in Berlin who would take care of them. I know this woman for a long time because she also gives shelter to wild birds who need help. In fact I provide a website about how to care for injured wild birds, it's the Wildvogelhilfe External link.

So two of the birds at the woman's place where supposed to be my budgies. I sent her an e-mail to get more information. She told me about Chandra, a young bird with splay legs, and a tiny green female budgie: Aditi. Like all the other birds the woman cared for, both of them suffered from Trichomoniasis and bacteria in their alimentary system. But that wasn't all she told me. Aditi had fallen in love with a blue budgie who was seriously ill. It was Ravi, he suffered from a huge swelling in his face. The avian vet had a closer look at it and claimed it was a tumour, an inoperable one. In the vet's opinion it would be necessary to put the poor bird to sleep within the next few weeks. Because he was so happily in love with Aditi, the woman asked me to adopt him as well. I originally had planned to adopt only two birds, but in this particular case I could not stand the thought of separating the two feathered lovers and stealing all the joy from a mortally ill bird. As you can imagine, I accepted to give Ravi a home until his last day.

On 01/06/2009 he and his two friends hitchhiked from Berlin to Düsseldorf. A local club member of the VWFD received them at a meeting point downtown and then took them to my place (Nicole did that for me because I don't have a car). I want to say thank you to her for bringing my cute little friends to their new home on this bitterly cold Tuesday night.

Ravi's swollen faceEven though I have seen many severe wounds and seriously ill birds, I was shocked when I saw Ravi that night. The left side of his head was a bulky, fleshy something that didn't look like a tumour at all! The growth seemed more like a cyst, and that's what my avian vet diagnosed the next day. He told me that it would most probably not help to drain the cyst, because the water would return. Draining the cyst again and again every few days would be a torture for the budgie. The other choice was to remove the cyst in a surgery.

RaviI agreed on this suggestion and the operation took place the next morning. When I came to fetch my feathered patient a few hours after the surgery, my vet told me that the cyst had destroyed Ravi's optic nerve and also had affected the eyeball. So he had no choice but to remove the eye by surgery. The only thought that gave me comfort in this terrible situation was that Ravi's eye had already been blind before the operation. Luckily, the brave little bird soon recovered from this complicated surgery and now lives in my bird room. The terrible wound healed nicely and Ravi did all the things other budgies do like singing and flying athletically.

Ravi and his wife MillaEven though he was  half-blind, he was a lively bird who seemed to enjoy living in my little flock. After his wound had healed, even his feathers grew back. In his later live they hide his scar and from far away, it was hard to see that his left eye was missing.

Later on, Aditi was still a close friend of his, but she was not his partner. There used to be another feathered lady who conquered his heart: beautiful and shy Milla, see photo above. They have been a happy couple from spring 2009 until fall 2010. Regrettably, Milla died in October 2010 and he seemed to miss her much. But then he fell in love with Chandra, his other fellow from the Berlin flock. After she died, he never fell in love again.

A few months later, Ravi became very ill. He suffered from a pneumonia which my avian vet treated with an antibiotic. But regrettably the poor old Ravi wouldn't recover. In the morning of 06/25/2014, he passed away lying in my hand. I miss him so much because he was such a friendly guy.

Ravi's colour mutation is called normal in light blue.

Ravi and some of his friends

Meaning of the name
Many of my birds carry (or carried) astronomical names; they are (were) named after planets, moons, and stars. Because I had do name so many birds, most common western names (which are derived from ancient Greek mythology) are occupied. That's why I had to find other inspirations. The ancient Indian mythology is suitable for this. I chose the name Ravi for this lovely blue budgie. In Sanskrit, Ravi means sun.

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