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Deer farm offers delights for kids young and old

Denver Falz, 2, and her mother, Donna, of Flagstaff feed fallow deer in the farm's courtyard.

Mozart, a white Australian Umbrella cockatoo parrot, was saying to the boy, "Hello," "I love you," and "How are you?"

"He is the more energetic and entertaining parrot of the two," George said.

A better talker in the bird world, his cousin, Sparky, a yellow naped Amazon parrot, barked like a dog.

"You have to talk to him (directly) to get his attention," George said. "This parrot can say 'Hello,' 'I love you,' 'What are you doing,' 'Bad bird,' 'Pretty bird' and 'Here, kitty, kitty.' He can also quack like a duck, and meow like a cat."

At the large area designated for fallow deer, a 3-year-old girl was patting one of them.

"Rosie likes you because you are nice and gentle," George said while handing the girl a mixture of alfalfa and rolled steamed corn food to feed the deer. Soon, other fallow deer gathered around.

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