“My mother’s cockatoo has spent ten years trying to kill me” (video)

This video cracked me up. It’s about a guy, and his mom’s cockatoo, named Boo, that has spent ten years trying to kill him.  This video is titled: “Boo, attempt 457.”

Mom apparently doesn’t quite believe it, even though Boo reportedly ate part of his brother’s ear a while back.

So the kid explains to mom that “it helps when you go away, she thinks she can get away with it.” Apparently the bird only acts up when mom can’t see.

So, in order to prove it, he has mom leave him alone in the room with the bird, who’s a good 20, 25 feet away.

“Can you go in that room and close the door?” he asks his mom.

Mom leaves. That’s when the fun begins. The bird immediately descends and begins its slow attack.  The video starts slow, keep watching.

The guy’s dialogue with the bird, when he’s face to face and the thing is ready to maul him, cracked me up:

“I know what you want to do, you little son of a b*tch. You want to rip my face off, f*cking little dinosaur.”

And he’s not wrong. When it’s PO’d, the bird looks a lot like that nasty little dinosaur that ate Newman:

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I love what the mom says when she finally comes back to save him:

Mom: “It’s a one pound bird.”

Kid: “Yeah, half that weight is jaw strength.”


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  • Neil

    I’ve had my baby Greenwing for just over 5 days and have already been bitten at least 5 times. lol. He’s transitioning and the bites are never overly hard…but yea…bites are part of owning any bird (I have 8).

  • evan howard

    That’s me! He said like a child. Great article, this goes up there with my Mom becoming a GIF. Thank you for your article, it made our morning.

  • http://www.facebook.com/karen.wood.3363 Karen Wood

    As a cockatoo owner, I can verify that this bird is bonded to the guy’s mother, and only tolerates him being around. They are very possessive. This does not look like an attack. When they attack they raise their wings up and take a very aggressive pose. Mine doesn’t like my mother-in-law (something we have in common), and if in the same room and on the ground, has been known to sneak up and bite her in the ankle. It has made for strained relations.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Stephen King, are ya listening?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I can’t imagine Ms, Sasha or our Bodhi Dog putting up with a bully bird like that.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    What about cockatoos DRESSED as clowns?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    There is no justice. Cockatoo’s are tougher than squabs and no gravy on earth can make them palatable.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Parrots are people too, my friends :)

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    LOL I know, it’s like a bizarre horror movie, just watching the thing waddle closer and closer along the floor.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Still harboring some resentment, are we? ;-)

  • cinorjer

    My wife has a male parrot for years that is deeply in love with her and attacks me whenever I kiss or hold or just get near my own wife around him. A parrot’s sharp beak strength and ability to tear into flesh is nothing to joke about or take lightly. This parrot needs to be kept in its cage whenever its owner is not in the same room. Period.

  • Naja pallida

    I figured, but you have no idea how many times I’ve heard the “Someone said it on the internet, so I thought I’d try it.” as an excuse why their exotic pet has ended up needing medical care.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Oh God, I forgot about that one! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQyPyPSmnnY

  • dula

    Apparently the bite on this bird took part of the brother’s ear off. If the brother is a minor, it would be child neglect to keep a bird like that.

  • jankowitts

    WOW! eyesopenreport.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/jacquej57 Jacqueline Bedsaul Johnson

    Tail is not flared. This is not an “attack”, this is a game. Bird’s body language was never aggressive. Just curious and anticipatory. He knows he has the son buffaloed, so he was going back for more fun. Believe me, having sustained more than my share of cockatoo bites…..this bird is NOT attacking.

  • woodroad34

    Yeah, the poor dog went to the door begging the mother to come out and when that didn’t happen ran to the son. Apparently he’s been a victim before. The bird reminds me of Tweety Bird when he becomes Jekyl/Hyde bird in that WB cartoon.

  • milli2

    That was creepier than I thought. I think because I expected it to make noise. It was eerily silent.

  • Jim Olson

    Clowns. *shudder* Read an article once about a hospital that was going to redecorate its pediatric wing, and asked some of the sick children there to help them think about design and decor. There was a resounding chorus of *no clowns*. (Mid comment, I decided to look it up…here it is. http://tinyurl.com/d8ubcfm )

  • Bomer

    Clowns and mimes are devil spawn. Hate them both.
    As for weird phobias I had a cousin that was afraid of feathers. Would have a total melt down if you came at him with one.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Just kidding NP, just kidding. We don’t even have mouse traps in our house.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Clowns are evil!

  • Naja pallida

    I’m glad someone said it. I get asked all the time when working with animals “Does it bite?” and my response is always “Well, it has a mouth.” So many people get unrealistic expectations when dealing with any animal that is not a dog or a cat. If you have a parrot, and have never been bitten, you’re probably not interacting with it enough. :)

  • Naja pallida

    Anything with artificial chemical scents should not be used around birds at all, and most certainly never on them directly. Birds are pretty sensitive to fumes and such. :)

  • GreenEagle

    Of course he has attacked before. He’s a parrot. The main mental condition of a bird’s life is fear, and though we can relieve tame birds of a lot of the cause of that fear, they still have an instinctive response to do what they think is protecting themselves, whenever they feel threatened by creatures much bigger than they are. Startle them, for example, and generally the first thing they are going to do is bite the closest thing to them.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    I know I have some strange fears, although I really don’t understand why everyone isn’t afraid of clowns. Still, I don’t totally trust birds.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Really? The feathers up on the head are friendly? Having said that, the bird has apparently attacked before, but that’s intersting.

  • GreenEagle

    Our dogs keep well out of the way of our parrot when it walks around. Somehow, they figured out early on that parrots like to bite.

  • GreenEagle

    As a parrot owner, may I comment? This bird is showing no signs of aggression toward the guy. Believe me, when our parrot decides that he hates someone (which he does periodically) he comes at them very fast trying to bite them and do any other damage he can (the pest.) This bird seems to be acting the way our bird does when he wants to be friendly to people. He may become frustrated and get angry at this guy when his attention is spurned, which may result in some biting, but he is not acting at all like a bird which is bent on an attack.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Cockatoos love buttons. Sew some onto a strip and wave it. When the evil one comes to get the buttons spray it with Fabreze and it will become your slave for life.

  • Zorba

    Oh, yes. What a weenie dog! He/she obviously is totally ignorant of the fact that dogs are supposed to be predators. Hahaha!

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    I know, I kept watching waiting for the poor dog to be the victim. Clearly the dog knows what’s up – did you see it run from the bird? LOL

  • Zorba

    Clearly, the guy needs to buy a dog bigger than the one his mom has, and train it to attack the bird whenever the bird threatens him. ;-)

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