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This is from last September. Not the greatest photo, but I finally decided to upload it because it's important to me. Both birds are also very much alive and well.

It started about a year ago, with first noticing the little tumor. It could've been removed, but given that surgery on a budgie is very risky I chose to leave it. It grew, slowly, and eventually started to outgrow its blood supply. Skin over it died and it became scabby. It continued to grow, bigger than in the photo, a grotesque massive scab. But through it all, Pippin remained as cheerful and happy and loving as always, so it was easy to forget the tumor was there.
Then it started bleeding. The first time saw us at the emergency vet as the tumor was dripping blood, but the bleeding stopped on its own, and the vet could offer no more help. Different vets, including his wonderful avian vet all said the same thing - one day, soon, he would pick off the whole big uncomfortable itchy scab of a tumor and he would bleed to death. I was told to be prepared to find him dead in his cage one day, and that it wouldn't be the worst way for him to go, he would just feel himself growing weaker.
Those were some bad months. Every day, I would worry about what I might find when I uncovered his cage in the morning and let him out for the day. Every few days, it seemed, the tumor would bleed again, though Pippin never picked at it. Every time it stopped on its own. The tumor got bigger, to the point where it made it hard for Pippin to eat from a food dish as the tumor got in the way. So he was served his food on a dinner plate.
I took pictures of him every day, never knowing if it would be his last. Again, throughout it all, he remained impossibly cheerful and happy, never once bothered by the tumor.
After awhile I became aware the tumor was seperating from his chest at the bottom. The bleeding seemed to occur as the tumor naturally pulled away from the skin; luckily the tumor was coming off so gradually that it was not causing any life threatening bleeding like the vets predicted.
One day, a few days before Christmas, the tumor simply fell off naturally.
Pippin is, as always, happy and cheerful.

Why is the photo important to me? It reminds me not to take him for granted - which I admit I have a bit lately as he is now so healthy and energetic.
It also shows his wonderful personality so well. He has a wonderful love of life and doesn't let things bother him. If he had allowed that tumor to bother him, he almost certainly would have died. He is so sweet and loving; if anyone, human or avian, is upset or angry, he is sure to fly over and offer comfort - he seems to care about others more than himself, at times.
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KarRedRoses Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2016  Professional Artist
That's an amazing tale, I'm grateful you shared it and glad for the happy ending. Also: that preening looks very well appreciated by your GCC - you know how they get up feathers there that itch! 
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T-Tiger Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I've never heard of a tumor falling off like that! That is amazing... good for Pippin, tough little dude!
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denizbirant Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student General Artist
That must have been the greatest Christmas present :) What a touching story, when I read 'he would bleed to death' I wanted to cry...so glad he's OK now! :D
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blackhellcat Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Your dear bird losing that horrible thing is such a lovely Christmas gift, isn't it?:)
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nikeao Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist
Thats a really touching story First i almost started to cry but then i readed it i was really happy that Pippin is ok
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Yoruhana-Hitsugaya Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
what an amazing bird. I remember my Mom having a pair of Parakeets (bad pun) that were very different, the male was mean and would peck you, but the female was so loving, she'd nurse your wounds. and she also had a white morning dove, named Teako, and he was very sweet too.
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tymora11 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Apparently you own one of the dozen or so budgies on the planet who DIDN'T pick that sucker. :boogie:
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Mythical-Human Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
feathered love? XD
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tymora11 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAAAAYY for Pippin! :dance:
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TheAncientMariner Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009   Photographer
This story is so sad, but so beautiful at the same time...very touching, I'm really happy he's well now :)
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Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008  Professional General Artist
What a lucky lovely bird. Budgies are always one in a million personalities. You are a very lucky guardian.

My budgies are so odd. Flik is a grumpy old man, but he loves to ply with me. Hercules just loves to play with Flik and is very clingy, to the point that Flik wants personal space. They live in separate cages because of that. But they love each other.

They also hate budgie toys. They are very picky. :faint:
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hellzmusic69 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
What an incredible story. And an adorable photo
<3
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ExoticSugarCookie Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008
what an amazing story! it's really touching! pippin is so wonderful and strong! and i am sooooo happy that he is okay! i hope that nothing bad happens to him again! it's so amazing that the tumor just started detaching itself from him! that's what you call a miracle! that is so amazing! i am so happy for you two!! and i wish the very best for you and your beautiful birds! :)
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Vampiresheep Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
Like the others said... touching story .___.
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kkool Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008   Photographer
wow that is such a sad story. I'm glad everything worked out well and he's healthy again :) he looks like a very careing bird.
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WhitePhoenix7 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
The tumor fell off? O_o That's weird. But it's great that Pippin is OK!
This beautiful picture, and I can understand why it's important for you...
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rimn Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
I would've been so depressed if I thought my budgie was soon to die. I'm sorry you went through that worry, but I'm over joyed that Pippin lived! He sounds like a lovely family member.

My budgie also has the luxury of flying around a house, but he's overweight. He also has liver problems and had surgery twice due to hemorrhaging on his stomach, but he's lived for over 6 years.

If only they could live as long as we did. I hope your Pippin continues to bring happiness to your life for years to come. :)
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Rista-liehna Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
I thought this was a beautiful image even before I read the description. The unguarded affection between the birds is just so touching. And then... well, you've got an incredible (and incredibly lucky) bird there, that's all I can say. I hope you all stay as lucky in the future, and of course he stays that happy :)
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meihua Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008
oh my, that looks terrible! your story came out much better than mine, my budgie also had a tumor, but it was very low so it was blocking passage, if you know what I mean... I am not at home for most of the year, so by the time I came home and took him to the vet it was too late and we had to put him to sleep. :(
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Gpotious Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008  Student Digital Artist
That was strange...... In the end it just fell off.

But It's touching. Your bird has a personality better than most.
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plaidNinja Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008
oh my gawd...
this reminds me of my little Kyonkichi...the life of the group...untill his mate got ticked at him and pierced a hole in his skull...

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anyway...this is very cute and says soo much about parakeet affection, it makes me smile.
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piratewench831 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008
this is an absolutely wonderful and touching story. you are very lucky to have been blessed with such a wonderful bird and friend. and your birds are also very lucky to have an owner who realizes when they might be taking their pet for granted... it is sad that not many households are like that.
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mudshark1013 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008
that's so wonderful. how lucky that he's overcome such adversity! how old is pippin now?
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greencheek Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008
He's 5 years.
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sas-chan Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008
Wow! That is an amazing story! I'm so glad for you that he's ok! He's such a beautiful budgie, ad he sounds amazing! ^__^
I don't know if I could stay so strong if that happened to my budgies.
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SilverTwilight05 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008
Touching story. I'm so glad that Pippin is ok. I wonder if this story stumped your vets?
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greencheek Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008
It certainly surprised the vets. The vets were all absolutely sure he would pick at the tumor and would then probably bleed to death. Pippin never did pick at the tumor. Then again, he has a house to fly in, with toys and playgyms, so he had more distractions than the average budgie.
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Musical-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008
That's a wonderful story! I'm so glad he's ok! :)
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Deathcomes4u Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
what a strange affliction D: Ive never heard of anything like that.
I wish my budgie had been as lucky. He got bouts of illness, some days he'd be alright, others he would be throwing up seed and he began sleeping a lot during the day. He always had feathers falling out of his head and had a constant smattering of spines where new ones were growing back.
We didn't know what it was, and the vets gave us medicine, but last easter he got worse, and we couldn't take him to the vet because they were closed, and he died.
I was so scared when my two new budgies got the same thing after i had thoroughly cleaned the cage and given them fresh toys. Only NOW has the vet said that 'oh, you have to dose them quarterly, this is a common thing'.
If they'd told me before, ide still have Peri :(
I wish my two budgies would be this nice to each other, the girl won't let the boy preen her she's a right cow :XD:
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chaoticdreamer Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008
That story really touched me.
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