Well! Just so happy and thought that I have finally upload my first book, The African Grey – Bao Bao, on Harper Collin online, it took me 2 days! When I final reached the last step 5 – “Go live!” …then the screen showed “ Congratulations! You have uploaded successfully! But there were only 9,550 words….please insert more chapters or write something on your profile to make up 10,000 words…” But there were no more chapters as the main character in my book, Bao Bao, is trapped and locked up somewhere in Taiwan and it is painful just to think about him, let along to image what interesting things could happen while flying around…as I know, he is imprisoned and unable to reach the blue, sunny sky. The thought of him being imprisoned for fifty years, makes me cry.
To reach and tell the world about Bao Bao’s unique life (10-months-old now), just hoping that Bao Bao will maybe released and gain his freedom again with help from the media
Now, I’ll tell you “why” and “how” I wrote the story, THE AFRICAN GREY – BAO BAO, in English not Chinese! English is not my first language! But first, I should let you a bit about me as back-ground, I got an MSc degree on animal science from Aberdeen University, then married an Englishman! Lived in Surrey for 10 years, then moved back to Taiwan a year before the Chi-chi (921) big earthquake… homesick!
By a strange chance, I bought Bao Bao in my local Chinese take away on February 1st and spent most of my time looking after Bao Bao, being an Aquarius .. and having a strong belief in freedom, Wings are for flying - NATURE, so I never locked Bao Bao in a cage instead taking him outdoors everyday and training him how to fly and find home. He like RED so much; during the week’s flying training, he took 1-2 days to find his way home with the help of a little red umbrella. After 2 weeks, he was very confident of his flying ability and returned home easily.
Before dawn at about 5 A.M, Bao Bao woke me up every morning by making sounds and request 3 rubbings on his head before taking off, as if wishing him luck!!!
Being an African grey, Bao Bao liked to join a flock of pigeons, he copied them gliding and flapping, but he did not know that the “mankind!” is not kind at all!
On April 9th, 2010, Bao Bao did not return, I waited for 2 days, although my family, neighbors and friends, they all blamed me for letting Bao Bao fly free and suggested that he had been eaten by an eagle, but I just knew, he was trapped by local pigeon fanciers. So I asked them nicely, if they had seen Bao Bao, famous in our village! They said “No!”, two days later, I printed ONLY two leaflets – offering a reward of US$330 and gave only them to the 2 local fanciers, BINGO! Within 12 hours, Bao Bao was found and locked up in 4-floor high building with pigeons, as promised I paid US$330 to get him back, then they asked for an extra US$6.50 for Bao Bao’s 7 days “B&B!” HOW GREEDY!!
From that day, I started writing the story about Bao Bao…but I am not good at either Chinese or English writing (I second that – Mr No, No)! However, I choose English because there are so many animal story authors that I could learn from their writing skills. And to everybody’s surprise, I have written an English story with 27 drawings within 2 months , April 9th – June 10th, of course, it has taken another month for my English husband, Mr. No-No, correcting my terrible grammar! It’s painful for him!
On May 15th, 2010, Bao Bao was trapped into a red box and returned, while Mrs. Bossy was there.
On June 10th, 2010, Bao Bao didn’t back home, the family strongly suspected Bao
Bao was trapped again by these three greedy pigeon fanciers, so I reported this to the police and news media with a reward US$2,000 for informers. Within 24 hours, there were dozen phone calls form people who had caught African grey parrots by accident through out Taiwan… However, Bao Bao was not one of them, as I know he was locked up again by the same people and police interviewed them.
After June 10th I did not enjoy writing any story about Bao Bao, as it is painful and it made my shoulder stiff as if Bao Bao’ wings were stiff as well.
NOW, I HAVE DONE 500 WORDS!
I have done the ‘English’ editing with a very light touch – all I did was to correct the worst of the grammar errors and spelling mistakes. The vocabulary and style is still Mrs. Bossy’s; to have over-corrected would have taken away the charm of this story. These are her words, this is HER story.