I loved this story too. The people did the best possible for the bird with one wing and I think she is getting a great life out of it. I would think the baby would be wild. What about the parrots of Telegraph hill? Aren't they wild but were fed by people? Anyway, it was a heartwarming story
Any debates on this topic have been moved to the Philosophy forum. The situation with these birds is unusual, but it's the closest thing to natural under the circumstances and I applaud anyone who allows cockatoos to be cockatoos.
That is an incredible love story. The humans rehabilitated the injured bird and allowed her to have love and a fulfilling life because of their efforts. And the male cockatoo loved her that much despite her handicap! That story inspires hope! I loved it... and the pics too. I would love to see follow up photos to chronicle the family's progress.
The Parrots of Telegraph Hill in San Francisco are wild but there is a bit of a difference San Francisco is not their natural habitat and there are currently problems with the flock.
Mickaboo the rescue group I foster for has been taking in the sick and injured members of the flock and monitoring the feeding of the flock. We are now running out of foster homes and the vet bills are getting quite high.
Mickaboo has lost most of the sick ones they take in, they determined that the birds are contracting infestations of Baylis worms, most likely from raccoons spreading it on Telegraph Hill. There is no cure for Baylis other than deworming, and once the neurological symptoms show up, the permanent damage to the brain has already been done. Humans can get Baylis. "Baylisascaris procyonis, the raccoon parasite, is related to the canine roundworm Toxocara canis. It is found in the intestines of raccoons in North America, Japan and Germany. It infests 68 to 82% of some raccoon populations, according to the House Rabbit Society. This parasite can be extremely harmful or deadly to humans."
It is also believe that do to the flock becoming tamer due to public feeding that several members have been trapped and sold or taken in as pets. If these birds are currently infected but symptom free they will spread this parasite to other household members.
That really was just beautiful. But being the skeptic that I sometimes seem to be, I wonder if all those photos were actually authentic? Does anyone actually know who these people are? Perhaps it is just a beautiful story, but, again, there are so many things one can do with photography nowadays??!! Any comments?
I really enjoyed this story even though I read it a bit late. I think it would be awsome to have such a view of cocks out in my back yard Just seeing My M2.Jack every day brings me outstanding joy. I can picture you running while taken the pictures of the baby LOL