Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Julius: the OHS Pet of the Week

Julius (A125471) is an 8 month old Ringneck dove. Also known as Barbary Doves, these birds have been kept as pets for 3000 years. In fact, they are mentioned in the Bible! They are easily kept and long-lived in captivity, living for up to 12 years, and are noted for their gentle nature. The largest cage possible for your budget and your home is best for Julius. Ideally, he should be allowed out daily to exercise. (However, never let him outside as Ringneck doves lack the "homing instinct" of other doves.) To learn more about Julius and his feathered friends, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at

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