Fiction | 13 April 2016Learn about the importance of freedom with Flyaway! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Many people from all over the world happily share their homes with a pet; whether it’s a cat, dog, rabbit, bird, horse or even a lizard or a snake! Owning a pet can be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences there is! But it’s also important to be realistic about what certain animals need, want and enjoy, so that you can be sure your pet enjoys living with you as much as you enjoy living with them – after all, you wouldn’t want to stay with someone who didn’t understand your likes and dislikes? Flyaway is the story of a little princess who realises her bird would be happier flying free with other birds, rather than living in a cage in her room. Even though the princess loves the bird and knows she’ll miss it, she does the responsible thing and sets the bird free. The bird is so happy to be back in the skies, it returns that night to thank her. In this blog post we’ll look at the concept of freedom through a pet perspective; we’ll look at some of the different sorts of birds in the world, some that love to be kept as pets – and some that don’t! Together we’ll learn what you should think about before taking an animal into your own home! And why you should always respects an animal or person’s right to be free. Birds can make fantastic pets! As a species, birds are extremely intelligent, easy to train and sociable. In fact, many pet birds are inseparable from their owners; some even accompanying them on daily errands such as trips to the bank and the shops. Though it’s important to realise, whilst some birds love sharing a home with humans, other would much rather be free in nature. Cockatiels are often listed as one of the most popular birds to keep as pets. Like the princess’s own bird, Cockatiels love to sing! Their also extremely loving, clean and don’t mind being kept in a small space; although they do need plenty of interaction and time spent playing outside of their cage! The Princess and her bird A picture of a colourful Cockatiel Here are some questions that might help you better understand whether you’re ready for a pet bird. Do you have enough time to interact and play with your pet bird? Are you ready to help feed your pet bird? Will you be able to spot when your bird is unhappy or sick? Other birds can be far unhappier as pets! And should really only be looked after by Zoos or wildlife professionals. As such we need to respect their right to live free in the wild, not matter how much fun we think we would have. Take a look at the birds pictured below; see if you can understand why they would pose a problem for pet owners. Ostrich Ostriches are big, powerful birds that can run up to 70km/h – so need lots of space! Peregrin Falcon Peregrine Falcon’s are the fastest animal on earth, and can reach speeds of up to 390 km/h! It thrives in the open skies Griffon Vulture The highest flying bird in the world, it can reach heights of 37,000 ft! So needs plenty of headroom! This blog post has dealt with some of the issues that come with owning pets, as well as some of the responsibilities you have to deal with whenever you’re keeping something for yourself. It’s always important to respect the freedom of all things, and not hold onto anything that could be happier elsewhere. Nothing or no-one should be kept from leaving situations that aren’t in their best interest. To learn more about Flyaway and how it tackles the importance of freedom, pick up a copy from QuartoKnows Author: Lesley Barnes Format: Hardback Price: £10.99 ISBN:9781847806451 Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.