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#188957 - 12/31/08 07:46 AM A Moluccan Rescue Story  
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Some of you may have noticed I've been a little quiet lately.

Through one of our wonderful volunteers at the sanctuary, an SOS came in for an M2 in terrible need. As we all know, the entire history of rescues is usually sketchy, but what we do know is that Noelle was banished to an outdoor shed because of the death of her primary caretaker. The spouse couldn’t be bothered and wanted her out of the home. Sometime later she was re-homed to another, older and well meaning couple, who knew nothing of caring for these magnificient creatures. An acquaintance of the then caretakers (who were trying to make a buck off her back by selling her), contacted one of our volunteers and arranged for a visit. Our volunteer was able to convince the owner to surrender Noelle to the sanctuary. Out of the goodness of their hearts, the husband and wife team volunteers agreed to foster Noelle also. Because she was in such bad shape, she was immediately taken to SEAVS (the sanctuaries vet) and was given a complete, comprehensive workup. Noelle has lived on bread with gobs of butter and salted, roasted peanuts as far back as we could determine from her history. Remarkablly, she tested negative for all infectious diseases and besides being malnourished and underweight is otherwise heatlhy. Noelle is a plucker and a mutilator. As with most stories such as hers, the details of exactly when this little girl’s stress meter went into the red (overload) zone is not known. What her previous life was like, we do not know either. It has been confirmed by her band that she is an import, so we suspect that the majority of her life may have been horrific as well. As told to us, the first couple had her for 6 years.

Noelle did great with her new foster family for the first few weeks. They offered her an open cage environment and worked in earnest to work towards correcting her diet. Then she began back-sliding . Noelle wasn’t sleeping at night, had begun picking at her wound (that was almost healed) and was vocializing excessively. Her foster home was with experienced, caring bird people, but no direct experience with cockatoos. Out of their love for her, they un-selflessly decided that possibly their home wasn’t what Noelle needed. Besides fostering birds, and all other kinds of animals when needed, they also foster special needs children under the age of 6, which was also of concern. Their love for Noelle, made giving her up a difficult decision and they had a heart to heart talk with Matt. Matt asked me if the foster arrangement didn’t work out, would I consider taking her. I tentatively agreed, pending my AV’s review of her records and his blessings.

Things happened a little more quickly than any of us planned. Noelle’s mutiliation started again and I was asked on Christmas Eve evening, if I would meet Noelle and her foster dad in GA on Friday (the day after Xmas) and bring her home. It took a little scrambling, but I was able to prepare for her arrival and left Friday AM for GA.

She’s had a rough life, but she’s been given a great, fresh start. She was rescued, fostered, cared for by two very compassionate individuals that love her very much. And now she's been cared for by two of the best AV’s ’s in the country, the sanctuaries AV, Dr. Stahl and my AV, Dr. Murphy. And now, thanks to all involved, the sweet, sweet girl’s future has been entrusted to me. She's doing well and she is a SWEETHEART!!

I have no first hand experience with a mutilator, so I am hoping to hear from lots of you with experiences to share. And In turn, as Noelle and I embark on our journey, I will share whatever experiences we have. I have a wonderful AV who is fully supportive and we will be exploring some homeopathic and holistic treatment plans, playing second fiddle to getting her converted to a good diet.

I want to express a special thank you to Lisa and Dave (her rescuers). I know how much you love her and always will. Without your quick intervention Noelle would have surely endured much more suffering, and most likely self-destructed. YOU are her heroes!

Here are some pictures:

Rescue Day http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v232/Echosmom/?action=view&current=HollyRescueDay.jpg

Her old cage http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v232/Echosmom/117_0626.jpg

After seeing Dr. Stahl (the sanctuaries AV) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v232/Echosmom/33.jpg

In her foster home: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v232/Echosmom/Holly1.jpg

With her foster dad: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v232/Echosmom/Head_Bobbing.jpg

Her wings: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v232/Echosmom/HollyWing.jpg

Her back: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v232/Echosmom/HollyBack.jpg

Her body: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v232/Echosmom/Noelle008.jpg

Missing all the toes on her left foot http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v232/Echosmom/Noelle006.jpg - My AV believes that she's an import because the wound is typical of the females foot being mamed and then glued to a tree to attract males (the cries of the females attract the males). We discussed the possibility of self-mutilitation, but Dr M says that it is the classic disfiguring seen in female imports.

First day home with me: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v232/Echosmom/Dec282.jpg

Happy in her sleep cage: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v232/Echosmom/Dec286.jpg

Sweet Noelle: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v232/Echosmom/Dec283.jpg

Back from my AV’s re-bandaged: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v232/Echosmom/Bandages001.jpg She was given sedation to calm her because she was very dirty. She is much cleaner but her tail feathers are stained with rust. As she was coming out of sedation, she begam flapping her wings wildly and banged up her shouldres and broke some blood flight feathers. So now the edges of her wings are taped as well for protection.

Since Noelle was quarantined in VA and had a comprehensive workup before arriving here, after my AV reviewed her records and examined her, introducing her to my birds was authorized.

Enjoy the small slide show entitled “The Meeting of 2 M2’s”. Bev (Zazu Sally) wrote me and said that she bet those few minutes of interaction with Echo did Noelle more good than any human could in 50 years. I agree with that! Both my 18 y/o daughter and I were RIGHT there, ready to intervene if things "went south". http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v232/Echosmom/?action=view&current=5e618e5c.pbw

ETA: Lisa (foster mom) asked me to please mention this for her in the hopes that it may stop people from buying a 'Too.
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I am an experienced amazon owner who has fostered, macaws, conures, quakers, dogs, and cats, rescued Holly [Noelle], but even I could not properly care for her and I'm a "stay at home pet mom" and was home with her all the time. Having a cockatoo is serious business! Oh, I really hate cockatoo breeders the most after having Holly [Noelle] for a few weeks. These birds really need to be with their own flock, for their life's sake... and even that does not always help a cockatoo that has been traumatized.






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#188958 - 12/31/08 08:20 AM Re: A Moluccan Rescue Story [Re: EchosMom]  
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That poor sweet little girl, tears just welled up as I read her sad story and looked at all her pics. The slide show brought me to tears. Noelle truly is blessed in finding someone as special as you to care for her, and show her what human love can truly be.


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#188959 - 12/31/08 08:26 AM Re: A Moluccan Rescue Story [Re: EchosMom]  
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Thank you so much for stepping up and taking her in. I am gonna go and cry for this bird for a while. It is a mixed batch of tears. Sad for the horrible times in her past, relieved and happy that she is with you.

Wow!

#188966 - 12/31/08 01:09 PM Re: A Moluccan Rescue Story [Re: Meri]  
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Lucky Noelle! Hopefully she can recover from her years of unhappiness. I've read many of your posts and I'm sure you're the person to help her find contentment.


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#188969 - 12/31/08 02:21 PM Re: A Moluccan Rescue Story [Re: Cleo's Mom]  
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Janet like I have said before....I have every confidence in you.You are amazing with your birds and Noelle is fortunate to have found her way to you.I love that she has her flock now.Human and Bird flock.It is so nice to see!!!!!!!!!!!!


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#188970 - 12/31/08 02:28 PM Re: A Moluccan Rescue Story [Re: Cleo's Mom]  
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EM I'm positive that Noelle will settle in beautifully with your family and finally know that she is safe and loved. Best of luck to you and Noelle.
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#188971 - 12/31/08 02:31 PM Re: A Moluccan Rescue Story [Re: Cleo's Mom]  
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Look at sweet Echo telling Noelle, "It's OK, your safe here now, we'll take care of you!" Dr. Janet and Nurse Echo you have a enormous case in front of you but the Universal Sovereign knew where to send her. Noelle, your silent prayers have been answered, humanity will never torture you again!


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#188976 - 12/31/08 03:24 PM Re: A Moluccan Rescue Story [Re: Brandy's mom]  
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Noelle finally has found somewhere to land. I'm glad she's found you to live out the rest of her days with. You'll be amazing with her and she'll know health and love for perhaps the first time in her life. Thank you EM


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#188977 - 12/31/08 03:27 PM Re: A Moluccan Rescue Story [Re: Brandy's mom]  
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What a wonderful story at this time of year; truly a Xmas micracle for this bird. After all she has been through, it is a wonder that she would let anyone touch or hold her. It is a tribute to you that she has given you her trust.


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Noelle is very fortunate to have found a new home with you. I am sure she will be happy and will absolutely love being part of your flock!

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Her future is bright, EM. You will have all the support you need from this board.

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Wow, Janet!! What a lucky turn of events for sweet Noelle to land in your loving home! You are a wonderful person with a heart of gold! Bless you for taking in this sweet baby who I know will thrive in your care! The slide show of Echo and Noelle moved me to tears - Happy tears grin

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Bless her heart. i know she is in good hands now and will suffer no more. what a great christmas present. for her and you EM. i'm glad you M2 is taking to her he can help in her recovery.
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"The meeting of Echo and Noelle is a wondrous and beautiful thing"
Yep - pictures say it all smile

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This is a wonderful story - I am glad she is finally home. It is so amazing how she can be so loving considering what she has been through. Thank you Janet and Echo!!

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Janet, I'm sure that Noelle will heal and learn that all humans are not abusive morons. That hole in her chest looks like she was trying to get to her heart because she was so miserable. The pictures of her after you got her showed a little spark in her eye(like hope) but the pics. of her meeting Echo and seeing how healthy and happy he is showed some major spark. After she heals that chest wound hopefully she won't pick anymore.

When a child self-mutilates it's usually because they are trying to vent their pain in a way that they can control. As they become more sure of not having someone causing pain it can become worse for them or a while. But with time and understanding most cutters came around and have a good full life.
Don't know if this is true with your precious baby but IMHO the same thing will happen for you. Good Luck and call me if you need any extra support cause I'll be here.


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How can people be so unicivilised, how can you keep an animal in those conditions. I would put the person who keep Noelle that way in in that cage in similar conditions. Thank goodness she was rescued and has found a wonderful new home.

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Janet, what a precious one Noelle is. I am so glad she made her way to you. It is so sad to know what some of these feathered angels go through. Bless you for taking her. I know she couldn't have found a better home to heal. If anyone can teach a bird that humans can love and not be abusive, it is you. She also has a great feathered friend in Echo. Keep us posted on her. Sharon

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Thank you everyone for all the kind words, well wishes and support!!

Noelle is starting to come out of her shell and explore a little bit. Her day cage door has been opened 24/7 and she's went in a total of twice now, just to look around and scurry back to the top of her cage. I put her in the alcove section of the familyroom because of the low ceiling so she would feel safe and secure. It's where all new 'Toos begin life here. They have full view of not only the familyroom, but my bedroom, the bathroom and 1/2 the kitchen. She's getting lots of ambient attention just as the other do, but a few times yesterday, and once already this morning she's wandered down off the top of her cage and done a little walk-about over to me. A few minutes of full head pets and she's ready to go back on top of her cage. She LOVES her sleep cage and let's me know when she's ready for bed.

She's been monkeying a bit with her bandages, but seems to have gotten them into a comfortable position and is now leaving them alone for the most part. She's chewed all the openings a little bigger - around her neck and wings and belly, but her wound is covered, and that's what is important. Dr M told me to expect her to fiddle with it at first, but that most likely once she got it "comfy" she would leave it alone. So it's looking like we won't be running back every few days to have the bandage changed. I don't have a problem doing it, but so early in our relationship I would rather let someone else be the bad guy for now.

Once we get Noelle's wound completely healed, including no scab, the bandages will be removed and we will watch and wait.

As I have mentioned my AV also practices homeopathy and holistic medicine, expecially in the case of feather pickers and mutilators when there are no medical causes.

Noelle is currently being supplemented with a mixture of:

GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) 400 mg
Lemon Balm Leaf 100 mg
Motherwort Herb Extract 4:1 100 mg
Passion Flower Extract 100 mg
Black Cohosh Root 50 mg
Chamomile Flower Extract (1.2% apigenin) 50 mg
Skullcap Herb Extract 4:1 50 mg
Valerian Root Extract (0.8 valerenic acid) 40 mg
Vitamin B1 (as thiamine HCl) 35 mg
Hops Strobile Extract 4:1 30 mg
Ashwagandha Root Extract 5:1 20 mg
Kava Kava Root Extract (30% kavalactones) 20 mg
L-Theanine (Suntheanine®) 15 mg
Lecithin 8 mg
Flower Essence 500 mcg

Additionally, she is receiving a supplement that I have used for the past 6-7 years for all my birds that my AV makes. It's a combination of Rainforest nutraceuticals, Proxeronine and Noni extract, The Missing Link and Lakes Lacto-Plus, which is a probiotic.

We'll see how she does on this and if she begins mutilating again, my AV will continue trying different combinations of essences and natural rememdies until we find the balance that's right for her. Of course there are no guarantees with any of this, and there is a possibility that the mutilation is something we will have to deal with on a regular basis. But we're hopeful.

And of course, having a flock may be just what the "doctor ordered" as well. Echo is still reaching out to her and like you said Brandy's Mom she has assumed the role of "nurse". It's really cute to watch. Echo isn't hovering over her, but yesterday I passed out a small piece mango to everyone for an afternoon snack. Echo took hers and climbed onto Noelle's cage and dropped her piece into Noelle's food bowl. What was the sweetest about it is Echo normally flys everywhere. I know in my heart that Echo knew if she flew onto of Noelle's cage, her sudden presence would startle Noelle, so instead she walked over and climbed up the cage to let Noelle know that she was coming.


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That is quite a mixture! I'm wondering why particular things are not tried individually at first, or at least a simple compound of a couple of those like Valerian and Hops. It would seem that it would be easier to isolate the most effective ingredient that way but I suppose it would vary for individual patients. Maybe your doctor has just found that a comprehensive mixture works better generally. I was just curious, that is very interesting and I hope it all goes well. Also, with that mixture, it seems there might be a very real possibility of over sedating a bird. Is that something you just have to watch for and the compound is adjusted? Sorry to be so curious but I find homeopathy very interesting and am not offering any criticism. smile

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