Yesterday, when I was out walking in the park, a couple approached from the opposite direction, and I noticed that the young woman had some sort of a pouch that was strapped to her front. At first I thought that she was carrying a backpack backwards. She was holding it so gently, however, that I decided that it must be a very small baby. As I passed them I looked over at the pack and realized that, inside, was a small, live colorful bird — bigger than a parakeet and smaller than a parrot. Live and learn.