The Story about Biggles
A head-strong, stubborn, arrogant at times, aristocratic lady might not appeal to all, but I love Biggles, my native New Zealand born sulphur crested cockatoo.
We met in Auckland, New Zealand back in January 2001. My friend became her owner, but she fell in love with me. When I returned to Copenhagen across the world in 2004, coincidences saw Biggles fly with me to Denmark. We had a special travel cage build for the 20.000 km journey aboard a Thai Airways 747 with stopovers in Sydney and Bangkok.
Biggles took immediately to her new surroundings and settled in quicker than I did myself back then. She arrived here with all paperwork approved including a clearance for immigration according to the Washington Declaration – saving endangered species worldwide.
I always thought that all birds belong in the wild and would have sworn that I would ever have a bird living in my home. But I know so little I realize again and again. Nowadays Biggles brightens up my life on daily basis and our friendship adds a dimension of something of great importance to my daily wellbeing.
Because she is not only a loyal, fun friend, she is also someone who I admirer for her intelligence and serenity. A fantastic, inspiring creature who doesn`t compromise on her ways of doing things and demands respect from her surroundings through her behaviour and charisma.
Biggles and Bike Mike were part of the fundraising day for Denmarks Cancer Society and our effort landed us in top spot for our local community in Copenhagen in 2011.
Biggles is from 1995 and it is not uncommon for a domesticated cockatoo to enjoy a life span of approx. 60 – 80 years. The Boss will be around for many more great days adding sunshine to the lives she touches.
She can - like my bike tour guidance - ruffle peoples feathers.