Rare bird is Monto Ho­tel’s new mas­cot

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

PRINCESS Tequila is Monto’s new­est res­i­dent and spends most of her time at the pub.

Monto Al­bert Ho­tel owner Maria Dickson’s pet macaw is the ho­tel’s lat­est ad­di­tion with her bold blue and yel­low feathers caus­ing a buzz.

“Ev­ery­one is go­ing, holy cow, that’s a macaw,” Mrs Dickson said.

“We’re hav­ing peo­ple pull up at the ho­tel and go, is that a big lori­keet? Oh no, it’s a macaw.”

Cur­rently 22 weeks old, Tequila is still a baby and spends her free time do­ing what a lot of other ba­bies do – chew­ing.

“She really is a hand­ful,” Mrs Dickson laughed.

“She loves pulling ev­ery­thing apart, loves tis­sue boxes, and loves wood.

“She can crack open a whole macadamia no wor­ries at all.”

Though the only of her type in town, Tequila could make new friends soon when she hits the streets in com­ing months.

“I’ve got a brace, so I can take her for walks,” Mrs Dickson said.

“We’ll have some blinds up­stairs in the ho­tel so she’ll be able to fly around.

“And in sum­mer, we’ll put a cage in the beer gar­den so she can spend some time there.”

Tequila has spo­ken her first word, hello, but hope­fully she’ll live up to her name. “We’re try­ing to teach her to say tequila shots,” Mrs Dickson said.

PHOTO: AN­NIE PERETS

PUB PET: Al­bert Ho­tel Monto has a new mas­cot, and af­ter spend­ing the past five weeks to­gether, Maria Dickson said she wouldn't be with­out her.

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