About an hour ago, as I was posting, I noticed that I could not see Cookie (our first cockatiel). I went over tto the cage to find her on the bottom, her wings flattened out....I knew immediately that something was wrong....I called to my fiancee who quickly and gently scooped-up Cookie and cradled her...within two minutes, Cookie was gone. She showed no signs of injury, and had suffered no trauma...I can only assume her heart gave out. She had always been quiet and not very active, and I wonder if she had some undetected heart condition.
It is a somber night here....my fiancee has stopped sobbing for now (I am a bit damp-eyed myself), but I know we will have moments of really missing Cookie for the next while. Cookie had been with us only 8 months, be we had really become attached to her...she was by far our favourite....quiet, but so gentle and sweet.