LUCKY is an elderly, malnourished sulphur crested cockatoo with a broken wing. Despite her unfortunate health, Lucky is indeed fortunate, safe in the care of a parrot rescue organisation in Queensland.
Lucky has even more to squawk about because she was recently virtually adopted by a Tasmanian fan.
Not able to be relocated to a permanent home, Lucky’s virtual adoption means she can stay put and live out her remaining years with her feathered friend Grace in a large enclosure at the parrot rescue centre.
Her benefactor’s fi nancial contribution helps fund Lucky’s ongoing care and in return gets the satisfaction of helping, plus a photo and a virtual adoption kit.
‘ Virtual adoption is an ideal option for those who love birds so much that they have no wish to buy a healthy bird and put it in a cage’
Lucky’s white knight has uploaded the bird’s picture as a screensaver and said “it makes me smile every time I see it”.
Virtual adoption is an ideal option for those who love birds so much that they have no wish to buy a healthy bird and put it in a cage or clip its wings.
Few people are successfully able to meet all the needs of pet parrots in a way which allows the birds to enjoy their natural behaviours such as fl ying freely, foraging in soil, interacting with other birds and screeching to their heart’s content for upwards of 60 years – the lifespan of larger parrots.
Some people get their bird fi x by putting out food or setting up a bird bath. Occasional and irregular feeding is best to avoid over- dependency.
When large numbers of birds gather in a small area the end result can be disease spreading among a population.
For those who’d like to care for a special bird, there are other unwanted, abused or neglected parrots like Lucky in need of virtual adoption.