My friend Chet Womach sendt me this this crazy story…
… and don’t worry, the parrot wasn’t harmed.
Instead, this story actually teaches an important
training lesson, so pay close attention.
The Amazing Story Of Zazu, A Parrot Stuck In a
Tree And Shot At By A Sharpshooter… And Lived!
- How this parrot’s owner used my techniques to
save her bird’s life
- And some insider thoughts into why she was able
to pull this off.
I got this story, along with tons of other great
stories, when I held a success story contest about
3 or 4 months ago, because I was itching to hear
about some of the amazing things people had taught
their birds to do by following what I teach in
It was sent to me by one of my great customers
Yasmin Aikman, who has been not only rapidly
implementing all the techniques I teach in my “Taming,
Training & Tricks” course for parrots, but has sent
me other stories with how well she’s implemented
my course on teaching your parrot to talk which
can be found at Birdtrick
I bring this up for one main reason…
I have two groups of customers. Those who order my
kit, let it sit on the shelf, or make excuses why
they don’t have any time to put what I teach into
And others like Yasmin, who buy practically
every product I come out with and QUICKLY implement
what I teach… take me up on consulting bonuses
to help them with stuff they don’t understand and
most importantly… get the results they’re after.
So before I tell you about Yasmin’s amazing story I
want to ask you; which type of customer or subscriber
Are you the type that is actively looking for ways
to improve your relationship with your bird, or are
you being lazy, sitting on your butt watching too much
TV and making excuses for why my methods aren’t working
I ALWAYS find it extremely interesting when a
customer sends back a video of ours for a refund
and says “your methods won’t work for my bird”
But, when I look at the product they’ve returned,
it’s nearly ALWAYS still in the plastic wrapper.
But it brings up a great point. You can’t expect to
get results if you don’t even TRY! So if you’re
reading this, and you’ve been putting off working with
your bird because you’re just too tired today, or
too busy this week, get off your butt, grab your
clicker and start teaching your bird something NEW,
and do it today!
But enough ranting, let me tell you about the great
success Yasmin had with her parrot.
Yasmin and her son Shane own a blue and gold macaw
by the name of Zazu, and they wrote me a few months
back and shared this amazing story with me.
Shane had purchased a harness for Zazu and was
taking him on a walk through a forest in Ontario,
Canada, and forgot to hold onto the harness tightly
Something in the woods spooked Zazu, and he managed
to get free from Shane, who forgot to fasten the
harness securely, and took off for a high tree.
Zazu still had the harness attached to him, and as he
went to land in a tall tree, got his harness stuck
near the top of one of the tallest trees in the forest;
leaving him stuck, and out in the open for Hawks and
Yasmin and Shane were mortified, and quickly called
the fire department, who apparently brought out some
of their biggest ladders, and still didn’t have a
ladder high enough to reach Zazu — and it was getting
The fire department realizing there was nothing they
could do, couldn’t just leave the parrot as bait up
in that tree all night long, so they called in a
Now I know what your thinking… how cruel! But it’s
not like that.
The reason they brought in the sharpshooter was to
attempt to shoot at the harness, to break Zazu free.
It sounds risky to me, but apparently this guy was
pretty good, because he pulled out his rifle, aimed
at the harness, and pulled the trigger.
The shot went off perfectly and severed the harness
strap, freeing Zazu. But the noise scared the living
wageebeez out of the poor macaw, and as soon as he
knew he was free, he took off to get as far away from
that noise as he could.
Yasmin and Shane spent the rest of the day searching
and calling for there Macaw but couldn’t find him,
gave up, and went home heartbroken.
But then the next day something miraculous happened,
they got a call from a lady who lived in a Cabin near
the area where Zazu was stuck in the tree, and the
authorities had been called because it sounded like
a small child was out in the woods talking!
But it really wasn’t a small child, it was Zazu, and
he had come back to the spot he got spooked, looking
for his family! And this time he wasn’t stuck.
*NOTE* Good thing they taught this bird to talk with
So Yasmin and Shane quickly came searching for Zazu
again, and quickly found him. And since there were
no fireman around this time, they did the only thing
they new how to do… TARGETING!
If you don’t know what targeting is, it’s where
you train a bird to touch the end of a stick with it’s
beak. And I teach it in the CD that comes with my
“Taming, Training & Tricks” course, which if you don’t
have, can be found at http://www.items4you.biz/talkingparrot.html
Luckily Shane had mastered target training with Zazu so
well, that without going into the long details, was able
to get their parrot to climb down out of this HUGE tree
and right onto his hand.
Now that’s a well trained bird!
And I couldn’t be more proud of these guys for taking
action, not being lazy, and using what they knew to
literally save the life of their beloved parrot.
So if Shane & Yasmin are reading this …
“Congratulations Shane & Yasmin, I hope others reading
this will be inspired and become more committed from what
you were able to accomplish!”
And as for the rest of you, I’d love it if I could share
more of your great stories with me as well.
Nobody ever gets sick of hearing amazing stories like
this. And if you’ve been able to take what you’ve
learned to accomplish your own phenomenal story, I’d
love to hear from you.
Just email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll
do my best to make sure it gets shared with the rest
of the world.
Here’s hoping you’ve just become a bit more inspired to
train your parrot something new,
Tam and train your Parrot