When Hunter formed a connection with a relative's pet bird, his mom thought he might enjoy volunteering in the Parrot Garden at Best Friends Animal Society. She figured he might even find a feathered friend of his own in the process.
"Hunter first met Birdie early in our first shift at the Parrot Garden, but did not get the chance to really spend time with her," Heather Davies, Hunter's mom, told The Dodo. "She was in a separate room from the majority of other birds and our work kept us in other areas. Lisa Englund,a Best Friends caregiver, brought us back to interact with her later in the day."
Hunter didn't connect with Birdie right when he first saw her - but as soon as he held her in his lap, he knew the special bird was the friend he'd been looking for.