FAQ About Katrina Aspera
Who am I?
I'm Katrina. An imprinted raven captive raised that was abandoned in a natural park and a few months later was found and rescued by who ended up becoming my actual caretaker.
Am I a pet?
No! Ravens are not pets and should not be treated as pets. They are extremely intelligent wild animals and make terrible pets. They should all live free in the wild.
Once a raven is raised in captivity they learn to live that way and therefore are not able to adapt to the wildlife as they don't learn how to survive in the wild without being human dependent. Nobody should take a wild raven from their natural environment.
Am I legal?
Yes, since my actual caretaker found me I am legal. My caretaker has all the required permissions from the local government to be allowed to keep me and take care of me. Also my caretaker is legally responsible for my actions so I must be supervised all the time. I get my veterinary revisions at least once or twice a year and I have a microchip implanted linked to my caretaker's data.
Am I a girl?
I am thought to be a girl as that's what my actual caretaker was told I was when he found me by the people from the natural park. However I haven't been confirmed to be a girl.
Can I talk?
Yes, I'm a talking raven! Ravens that are raised close to humans learn to mimic words during their first year of life. I can speak some words in Spanish and use them for example to communicate excitement or call for my caretaker's attention. However I can't learn new words as I was already an adult when my current caretaker found me.
What do I eat?
I'm fed by my caretaker mainly cat food, because it's nutritive and has variety of proteins and supplements for my metabolism. But it might be boring for me to eat always the same so I'm also fed with other things like:
- Meat: raw meat, any kind of meat. Also I sometimes eat some dead birds that land dead on the garden when I found them but this might be risky as we don't know what they died from.
- Green food: Mostly any kind of fruit or vegetables that are fresh, or not fresh but not rotten. Rotten vegetables and fruits may develop some fungus that might be toxic for me. NEVER!!! get fed with AVOCADOS which are toxic to birds, and avoid almonds as we've seen that I've ended up throwing up the almonds as they are also a little bit toxic.
- DONT'S: Salt, Sugar, chocolat, tea, coffee, caffeine, lactose (cheese, milk, yogurt ravens do love it but as we are not mammals we can not digest it well so better avoid it) and we try to avoid fried stuff tho sometimes I've ended up picking up some nuggets or french fries from the street. Also we try to avoid any processed food but from time to time I eat sausages and stuff sometimes and I like them but shouldn't eat them often.
How old am I?
We don't know for sure! However the veterinary has estimated that I might have been born around the year 2013.