A flight of fancy costs Teddy $7000
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
HOLIDAYS, new cars and the stockmarket didn't appeal to Graham 'Teddy' Simpkins when he cashed in on his Coopers Shoot property.
Instead, the beer-loving cleaner moved to Baywood Chase, Suffolk Park, with his 15-year-old son Adrian and bought himself a $7000 macaw.
"I just always wanted a macaw," he said.
"I can't even explain why. I remember seeing one when I was a kid and liking the look of them, so when I had the money I thought 'why not?'"
Teddy put a deposit on the macaw at the same time he was given a Jack Russell puppy and the two pets have spent the past six months growing up together.
"The macaw is called Jack after Jack Daniels, and the dog is called Stubbs which is short for stubbie of beer," he said.
"Jack is starting to talk and he can tell Stubbs to 'shut up'.
"When they get more used to each other I want to get another dog and call it Schooner."
Teddy has converted his garage into a makeshift aviary for the macaw, but hopes he will eventually become loyal enough to travel on his shoulder 'pirate-style'.
"I've already taken him to the RSL Club, but he flew over to a woman and sat in her hair," he said.
"She didn't like that much, but I tether him now when we sit out the front of the house together. The kids in the neighbourhood love him. They all get off the school bus and come over to say hello."
He said the exotic purchase would be worth it, as the cost of food was relatively low and the bird would live for about 50 years.
"My son will inherit him because he'll outlive me," he said.
"It's a pretty interesting pet to inherit I reckon."