Skippy, a 23-year-old black-necked stilt is seen behind the bars of its enclosure as it walks in front of a painting of his mate that is part of a mural in his enclosure on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at... more 
Skippy, a 23-year-old black-necked stilt is seen behind the bars of its enclosure as it walks in front of a painting of his mate that is part of a mural in his enclosure on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at the veterinary hospital of the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. According to Dr.Pilar Fish, the Aviary's director of medicine, he was taken to the hospital area a few years ago after the death of his mate. Skippy’s condition had suddenly declined. He wouldn’t eat, he stopped grooming, and appeared depressed. The stilt went to the hospital area for tests. After that exam, the bird , then 21 at the time, was placed on the floor to rest. When the staff heard Skippy vocalizing, they realized the mural of a variety of the Aviary’s birds, including the female stilt, had caught its attention. He was offered food in front of the painting and started to eat again. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Keith Srakocic
Sat, Feb 12, 2011 4:44 PM EST