About 2 weeks ago I took Zelda to the vet for an annual check up.  A few things happened:

1) I found out Zelda's white cell count was way up = she was sick
2) The previous owners old us Zelda was a she, but just to verify I opted to get her DNA sexed
3) We ran some tests to see if she had a pretty serious disease.
4) I was given medicine to give her for the next 10 days.

The good news:
1) It took some toweling and patience...and bribery, but we made it through the 10 days if medicine twice a day without injuries.
2) Her test results for the disease came back negative

The eh news:

She's a he.

The previous owners said the people they got him from said he was a she.  So we gave her a girl name, and have been calling her a girl.

Now we have to stop referring to her as a girl. He already responds to Zelda, so it is too late to change it to Link.

Male and female red lored amazons look exactly alike. It isn't like it is with other birds where you can tell by the coloring or other markings. The only way to know is to have the bird tested. Apparently in 15 years, no one thought to have her tested. That just strikes me as odd. Has no one else taken him to the vet?  Did no one else care enough to actually find out?

It is just awkward, and I feel bad for giving him a girls name...and really glad we did not go with Fiona.


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