Goffin's 50-year-old cockatoo, nicknamed Grumpy, believes he is the real owner of the house and barks like a dog. Grumpy's faithful husband Linda adopted Grumpy from her brother in 1988 after the breeder decided to get rid of his birds. Linda's husband didn't want pets, but Linda won the litter and Grumble returned home with them.
It took Grumpy quite a while to get used to the humans. However, Linda insisted and in the end Grumpy felt safe in his new home. And Linda treated him like a child. Since then, Grumpy has seen many changes in the house, whether he likes it or not.
"After seven years I had a baby and I couldn't give him too much time ... he finally let my husband touch him and that's after seven years. At home, I'm his number one choice. … My son is now 23 years old. He's trying to throw my son out of the house, he's going to try to attack him and he's going to yell at him. Sometimes he flies at my husband, but we understand that he is a wild animal and we still love him."
Grumpy is allowed to fly around the house, which is good for his health.
“Grump is in his mid-50s. He loves to fly. His flight has major implications for his heart health and longevity. According to one source, his life expectancy is 26 years. So Grump feels good for an old man?”