People and Places
25/11/2020
Meet the real mascot of Mornington — PENINSULA PETS

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Smee might look like a majestic god of the sky, yet he is still considered a baby at just two years old because macaws have a life expectancy of about 70 years. He’s adjusted splendidly to life on the Peninsula after living the sunny Gold Coast life as an assistance bird for a hearing-impaired woman who unfortunately became too unwell to care for him.

“Fortunately, we were on the lookout for a macaw and were able to bring him into our family,” said new owner Teneale Wilson. “Smee loves to roll over on to his back for tummy rubs. He is also pretty infatuated with himself so he’ll find any mirror he can to look at himself and blush. He has very naughty habits of chewing things he isn’t supposed to. Smee loves destroying computer keyboards, so we have had to replace quite a few now.” 

Macaws have one of the firmest bites in the parrot family, yet Smee has never bitten anyone so Teneale counts herself lucky. This feathered fellow is extremely gentle and adores attention to the extent that if he doesn’t receive it he’ll misbehave. So it’s no surprise that he’s got the gift of the gab and uses it to attract his much-wanted attention. The talented youngster can say “Hello!”, “I love you”, “Who’s that?”, “What’s that?”, “Step up”, “No” and “Ah ah”, and of course he loves to let out a scream or whistle when the feeling arises. 

Class is in session for the vibrant Smee so he can become the real macaw. He’s being taught by Teneale and her family to fly freely and then return to them. Such training involves a very large space outside with no obstacles or people to distract him and his human family. Therefore he doesn’t live in a cage at home and instead flies around the house. When it’s time to get some fresh air and meet his worshiping fans, he wears his harness just in case he gets spooked and flies into danger. As a very social bird, Smee looks forward to his cuddles, walks outside and meeting new human friends. Like anyone, if he doesn’t get his fix he’ll misbehave all day. 

Smee’s all-time favourite foods are meat, brussels sprouts, corn, and chili. The cheeky boy, however, will do anything for a pine nut. Recently he had his first date with a female macaw from Mount Martha. Smee fell for two-year-old Flo, yet it was clear she didn’t feel the same – yet. His parents are sure the relationship will grow over time. 

“He loves grinding his beak too,” said Teneale. “He enjoys having dinner with the family and must eat whatever we have, and he knows when he has been naughty. Overall, Smee is a wonderful pet and is a wonderful companion to our family.”

This Mornington macaw’s favourite pastime is showering – he absolutely loves it. We never thought we’d say this but to watch this clever boy in the shower, fly straight over to Instagram to meet Smee @smee_the_mornington_macaw 

KATE SEARS

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