Heers Jack!

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Sep 012013
 

BAD IS JUST MEMORIES

BAD IS JUST MEMORIESJack is on the right

Oh my goodness, the door is open.  I wonder if they forgot to lock this cage.  Maybe not, other birds are out and no-one is beating them.  Should I walk out?  perhaps not, I still have some food in here.  I should eat it.  I am not hungry right now, but I may not get any more food for a few days.  Strange though, these people keep filling the food dish and bringing fruit.  Maybe I can drink some fresh water out of that shiny clean dish.

Oh, they are coming in, I can see them because it is light in here.  Please don’t beat me, I didn’t make a hole in the wood, really I didn’t.  Why are they petting that bird, do they do this before they throw him against the wall? They are taking him out of the room.  I wonder what he did to make them unhappy.  I cannot recall what I ever did that made my owner unhappy, but he knew what it was.  Please don’t lock the bird up in the dark closet.  I hated it and two days without food or water is really painful, it is hard to stand up after that. Oh they are bringing him back and giving him kisses.  He smells so nice.  They bathed his feathers.

I wanted my feathers washed for 24 years, but it never happened.  I used to use my drinking water to wash my feathers, but that made my owner very angry and he would not bring more because I wasted it.

Now they are giving everyone a piece of wood.  Is this a trick?  If I chew it will they grab me by my tail and bang my head against the wall? The other birds think this is OK and they have been here a long time.  Maybe I can chew my piece.  No I cannot, I know how much it hurts my head when I wake up.  I cannot upset them, they may send me back to the wooden box I lived in at the masters basement. They know that my door is open because they put the wood in here.

“Hello Bird”  welcome into my cage.  It is very big, I am sure you will have room.  Are you a friend? I have never had a friend before.  It feels wonderful when you clean my feathers, can I clean yours?  Have you ever been thrown against the wall? Do they do that in this house?  I love to hear you calling the flock. Do they get very angry for the noise and take away your food?  These humans are laughing and making loud noises too, and they have more food for everyone in here.

The human lady wants me to step up on her hand.  Not the box, please not the dark box.  She wants me to drink some medicine to help me feel better.  The doctor said I have a bad stomach and my liver hurts too because I was not fed properly.  She should have seen me 2 months ago when I was very thin.  The lady that gave my owner some money and took me away to her house gave me food every day. That is why I have some new feathers and I am not so skinny. I was scared when she brought me here, I thought I was going back to the dark box in the basement.

It is so light here and everyone says nice things, but I keep remembering the bad things that happened since I was a baby.  I always thought I was a very bad bird until I met the parrots here.  Some of them had strange owners too.  Some of them had to live alone in a room with no friends or flock.  Many of them had to have a blanket over their cage to make them stop calling to the people hoping they would come and spend some time.

One of the macaws told me that birds are not bad, but people do not understand that parrots need to be surrounded by their flock all of the time. I can see a lot of parrots through the glass door.  They are flying and chewing on trees and landing on humans.  The humans are laughing and petting them.

I wonder if I can fly.  I could not move very much in the dark box so I have never tried to open my wings.  I hope I am not too old to learn, I am only 26 years old.

The Goffin’s cockatoo says that no-one is ever too old to fly.  He came in here without any feathers.  He had great owners but no bird friends so he pulled out his own feathers.  I know how that feels, I pulled mine out many times. When he made friends he let his feathers grow in, he looks really good.  He started to fly again and now he flies everywhere.  I think I may want to do that too.

I dreamed about having friends and eating nuts and seeds and fresh fruits.  Pizza and hot dogs and bread are better than starving, but they make you feel very sick and that is because they hurt your liver. Now I have friends, and I have all the food and fruits and fresh water that I want.  It looks as though I am allowed to go out of this cage when I want to.  I can make choices.  I will bet that one day I will learn how to fly and be a real macaw.

This rendition is a true story told from the bird’s point of view.  Jack McCaw is still with us and would love to be Virtually Adopted.  If you would like to help us keep him out of “the dark box in the basement” of his memories, please click on the link below to virtually adopt him.  Thank You Very Much for your Support.

Dec 182012
 

 

UPDATE: Hello Macaw has been virtually adopted: partially by Christine from Toronto and partially by Alice from Richmond – just look how happy he is! Thank you both so much.

Hello Macaw is over 60 years old and completely blind due to Vitamin A and D deficiency. He is also one of our resident Parrot Painters, and his artwork has been made into one of four notecards created to help raise funds for the new WPR Palliative Care Centre. You can see the set of 4 cards here.

I want to help sponsor a World Parrot Refuge parrot!

Click on the ‘Virtual Adoption’ button below to proceed to our Virtual Adoption page, where you will be able to make a secure monthly or one-time donation, and nominate the parrot you wish to adopt. Please use the post title to identify a specific bird, e.g. “Tilly”.

Dec 182012
 

 

UPDATE: Coco Macaw has been virtually adopted by Taina of Port Coquitlam. Thank you, Taina!

 

I want to help sponsor a World Parrot Refuge parrot!

Click on the ‘Virtual Adoption’ button below to proceed to our Virtual Adoption page, where you will be able to make a secure monthly or one-time donation, and nominate the parrot you wish to adopt. Please use the post title to identify a specific bird, e.g. “Tilly”.

Dec 182012
 

UPDATE: Peaches #6 has been virtually adopted by William from Victoria. Thank you, William!

Peaches #6 had a large wound from self mutilating. With medications and our special “Dior” shirts, you can see that she has almost healed.  She is really enjoyng her freedom here and has friends already.

I want to help sponsor a World Parrot Refuge parrot!

Click on the ‘Virtual Adoption’ button below to proceed to our Virtual Adoption page, where you will be able to make a secure monthly or one-time donation, and nominate the parrot you wish to adopt. Please use the post title to identify a specific bird, e.g. “Tilly”.

Mar 042012
 

Beau and friend - 2 conures

UPDATE: Beau has been fully sponsored by Jeremy and Tina G. of Ontario. Thank you both so much!

Beau’s story:Beau is one of a group of parrots who arrived from a woman who loves her birds and has kept them in flights, not little cages, all their lives. Now however, her health is not good and she has to move to a smaller home – an apartment we believe – so unfortunately her parrots cannot go with her. She loves the refuge and feels that there would be no better place anywhere for them. She doesn’t want them bred or just sold for money even though she is on a pension.

She is saddened to have to part with them, but her health has made it impossible for her to stay in her home of many years and where these birds enjoyed a free flight lifestyle.

As she could not bear the thought of them being caged, she has allowed them to come live here at the Refuge. Being on a pension, she is not in a financial position to support these birds, and so these new residents are looking for virtual adoptive parents.

Could you be one?

I want to help sponsor a World Parrot Refuge parrot!

Click on the ‘Virtual Adoption’ button below to proceed to our Virtual Adoption page, where you will be able to make a secure monthly or one-time donation, and nominate the parrot you wish to adopt. Please use the post title to identify a specific bird, until the parrots are named, e.g. “Tilly”.

Mar 042012
 

Zula, a Congo African Grey Parrot

UPDATE: Thank you so much to Trevor S. of BC, who is fully sponsoring Zula. Trevor, your gift to this bird is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Zula’s story: Zula (Tilly’s partner) is one of a group of parrots who arrived from a woman who loves her birds and has kept them in flights, not little cages, all their lives. Now however, her health is not good and she has to move to a smaller home – an apartment we believe – so unfortunately her parrots cannot go with her. She loves the refuge and feels that there would be no better place anywhere for them. She doesn’t want them bred or just sold for money even though she is on a pension.

She is saddened to have to part with them, but her health has made it impossible for her to stay in her home of many years and where these birds enjoyed a free flight lifestyle.

As she could not bear the thought of them being caged, she has allowed them to come live here at the Refuge. Being on a pension, she is not in a financial position to support these birds, and so these new residents are looking for virtual adoptive parents.

Could you be one?

I want to help sponsor a World Parrot Refuge parrot!

Click on the ‘Virtual Adoption’ button below to proceed to our Virtual Adoption page, where you will be able to make a secure monthly or one-time donation, and nominate the parrot you wish to adopt. Please use the post title to identify a specific bird, until the parrots are named, e.g. “Tilly”.