A bird with lotsa love
Wherever he goes, Thibodeau carries his little friend Philip. That is, until the winter sets in.
Thibodeau says he'll take Philip out sometimes in the winter, but that the bird will stay inside most of the time.
"Love birds always go in pairs, you can't separate them, but after Philip was separated from his partner, I became sentimental and brought the bird home with me," Thibodeau says.
"We tried to keep them together, but love birds can be loud and territorial when they start having kids," says Wendy Eggenberger at JJ Hobbies. "You couldn't even put your hand near their cage because they were so protective."
"He's not territorial around me," Thibodeau says. "Philip likes to be in my shirt, so that's his territory I guess."
Thibodeau says he lets Philip walk around when he and his wife go on picnics.
"Philip is very curious," Thibodeau says.
"He likes to explore on his own."
Thibodeau feeds his friend bird food such as dry fruit, but Thibodeau says Philip is not keen on this - he prefers human food.
"Philip likes ice cream, especially anything that is sweet, like caramel or anything mint flavoured, Thibodeau says.
"I will put ice cream on a tablespoon and he stands there and licks it up," Thibodeau says.
When he is really hungry or wants out of his cage, Philip sounds like a whistle a referee will blow at a hockey game, says Thibodeau.
"It is strong and short, especially when he wants out of his cage." Maybe to cruise downtown with his human buddy.