It is difficult for bird owners to talk of their thoughts and feelings on their pets,
especially about death. Upon searching for inforamtion on the internet, I once
came upon a site on budgerigars (www.birds-online.de). The webmaster, a German lady, includes a memorial
page of her deceased birds, believing her beloved pet have gone to heaven.
I, myself, had a couple of budgies for over eight years. Sissi was a yellow-green, brave female and Näm Näm was a blue, talkative male. Sissi died of acute pneumonia; after half a year Näm Näm was diagnosed liver cancer and died shortly. It is now exactly four years after Näm Näm's passing, I am still keeping the vivid memories of them. Using the obituary of a 12 years-old budgie, I hope to express my feelings through the writing of the others (next article).
Sissi & Nam Nam
When I was choosing a name for Sissi, she seemed likely to be called "Daisy". Then I did not want to use the popular name of a big dog character in the cartoon. Later, a friend suggested Si Si or Shi Shi, which are pronounced the same in Cantonese. I finally decided to use si (sī) - the word for silk, fitting for her yellow colour and her tiny size. Sissi is the English spelling for sīsī. For Namnam, I made up a Chinese name from two characters, meaning blue and Nan-wood in Cantonese. (The name of this Site is dedicated to Sissi).
Chirpie, 12, had his say
|Sissi (Dec 1994-Oct 2002)||Näm Näm (Feb 1995-May 2003)|
|Sha Sha (October 2003)
Escaped & did not return after a freezing snowy night
|Lili (Jan 2004-Jan 2005)|
|BB (May 2004-Nov 2008)||KayKay (May 2004-Jul 2009)|
|DiDi (Nov 2002-Dec 2009)
mate of Kay Kay
|FiFi (Nov 2008-Jun 2012)
died of heart attack
|MiMi (Nov 2002-Sep 2014)||GaGa (Nov 2009-Dec 2015)|
|GiGi (July 2017)
died of hernia&egg laying
Kay Kay was a female yellow-green budgie.
Gordon Li, 27 November 2009
|Rescued released in Jun 1996||Ya Ya,a neighbourhood crow|
|'Ai-ja, a neigbourhood seagull|
|A blue male budgerigar was about 12 years old at death. This video showed his will to live a happy life to the full limit even of his failing strength and health because of age and tumors. (16 min; Warning: scenes of a handicapped bird)|
|Short Film - Changing Batteries (Oscar animation winner). Theme: death of an old lady & a robot.|