THE WHIS­PERER

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - PETS - Anne Box­hall Email abox­hall@big­pond.com

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.

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