Tonight we lost a very important family member.. Our 6 & 1/2 month old European Starling named Kenya.. Briar (my fiance) and I raised him from the time he was just a pink blob.. Only a few days old.. We found him on our front porch and his mom wouldn't take him back. So we took in this featherless cold baby and raised him.. Feeding every hour.. keeping him warm.. cooing over him.. learning everything we could about Starlings..He imprinted.. and is like our child.. He had just started to copy sounds (though he sang a lot of his own tunes).. and I was one of the first for him to mimic.. He was mimicking the whistle that I use to call our dogs.. and I think he had even started to say "ow" the way Briar does a lot.. Though I couldn't be sure if that one time it was my imagination or kenya.. I'd like to show some pictures... The first day.. I thought he was kind of ugly..and I was afraid I was going to hurt him.. But then he grew on me. Just a few days old.. Beg beg beg for food.. Nice hair do, bub. The first time he went into a cage instead of his "nest box" His first bath at 18 days old.. I would of posted in "other pets".. but this guy is our family.. he's like mine and my SO's baby.. I already miss him so badly.. I just really wish I knew what happened to him.. Why he had to die.... It's so quiet in this bedroom now without his songs..