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Employee's Feathered Friends are Showing Off at the Sedgwick County Zoo

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At the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, you’ll find two beautiful and fun-loving Double Yellow Head Amazon Parrots named J.D. and Minnie.  They were donated to the Zoo by CapFed’s Southern Region Director Rhonda Dennis.  “We had J.D. for 27 years and Minnie for 17 years,” said Rhonda.  “We decided to donate them to the Zoo because these birds live about 80 years and would outlive us.  We stipulated that J.D. and Minnie had to stay at the Sedgwick County Zoo, and they could not be separated.”

J.D. and Minnie are now part of the Zoo’s education program called “Breakfast with the Birds” where they show off for guests.  J.D. talks and loves little kids.  He says: “Good morning sweetheart.  How are you?  What ‘cha doing?  Doing pretty good?”  He answers the phone when it rings and says hello, hi, goodbye and asks for apples.  J.D.'s voice sounds just like Rhonda’s!

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Minnie says hello, but she also makes many unique sounds. She will call cats by saying “kitty, kitty, kitty.”  She also recognizes dogs and yells “DOGS!”  To everyone’s amusement, Minnie can whistle “The Flintstones” theme song, “Mayberry RFD” theme song, “Bridge on the River Kwai” tune and “Jingle Bells” - if you start it, she’ll finish it!

Next time you’re at the Sedgwick County Zoo, stop by and say hi to J.D. and Minnie.  Also, look for Rhonda and her husband.  They often drop-in just to say hello to their friends!  “I miss them every day,” says Rhonda, “But know they are happier not being kept in a cage.”

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