Warthog and Cockatoo Fine Art Print – Coconut and Marlin
This unlikely couple will make a lovely addition to your home, nursery, or kid’s room! They have quite the story to tell!
This 8” x 10” signed print has a 0.25” white border, and is printed locally on acid-free paper. It is packaged in a plastic sleeve and sent with a sturdy backing. The special story of Coconut and Marlin is printed on the back of the card so you can learn a bit more about their amazing friendship.
10% of this sale goes back to Free to be Wild Sanctuary in Zimbabwe to help provide all the love and care that Coconut and Marlin's friends need. By purchasing my products you are not only supporting me to do more of this work helping animals, you are also supporting the sanctuary and Marlin!
All copyright is retained by Melisa Beveridge. No reprinting of this image is permitted.
Before I went to Zimbabwe to Free to Be Wild Sanctuary, I had been following along on social media and I was the most excited to meet Coconut. She was a warthog that had been found as a baby all alone in very bad shape and was nursed back to health at the sanctuary. Since she was raised there she became very habituated to humans and dogs. She spent so much time with the Dalmatians and Weimaraners that lived there that she pretty much became one of the pack. I’m convinced she thought she was a dog. She had her own couch in the house and got lots of love and snuggles from everyone.
Coconut met her boyfriend, Marlin, at the sanctuary. Marlin is a cockatoo that is super fun and friendly. He always says “Hello Boy!” to everyone. It is too cute. Marlin and Coconut were inseparable. Marlin would ride around on Coconut’s back, just chatting away and grooming Coconut. They even slept together at night. They were so much fun to watch.
Coconut met a very sad and untimely end during the pandemic due to poachers. Marlin is doing well and has a lot of friends at the sanctuary, but I am sure he misses her. I almost didn’t want to paint Coconut because I was so sad, but I thought she could give many more smiles to the world if I shared her beautiful face and her story. There are many people and animals that will never forget her.