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#25659 - 10/06/05 05:45 PM "Performing" Parrots on Ellen  
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Hey everyone, I just saw a commercial on t.v. for "performing" parrots on the Ellen Degeneres show tomorrow (Friday). There was a cockatoo in the commercial and I am concerned that
1. they are promoting impulse buying and
2. they are going to put birds in a stressful situation.
If anyone else here watches the show tomorrow it would be interesting to see how they treat these animals. I personally think it is wrong to promote ANY exotic animals as pets in the media for entertainment value.


Kristen
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Benjamin ~M2
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RIP Jack ~M2
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#25660 - 10/06/05 07:47 PM Re: "Performing" Parrots on Ellen  
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I agree with the potential problems that you mentioned, but I have known birds who really seem to enjoy showing off and performing in public. We once had a macaw who would ONLY speak and do tricks with an audience - and especially liked children. (Go figure - Mr MOllie was TERRIFIED of all kids).

I've studied music/voice for years and really enjoy performance - so I wouldn't want to place blanket judgement that animal entertainers are wrong. (If I like, why wouldn't they?) I just think that the caretakers need to spend EXTRA special attention to make sure that the critters aren't stressed out or placed into any danger.

It will be interesting to see how these birds are promoted and treated on screen. Ellen will sure be getting an email from me, especially if there's any talk of breeding and/or pet stores or the hated "Toos make good family pets" Bulls***.

#25661 - 10/07/05 03:38 PM Re: "Performing" Parrots on Ellen  
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They didn't mention breeders and seem to treat the birds well. The African Grey was a big reminder of how smart these guys are. Very cute.
Was that the same bird on Pet star on animal planet? He did the same things.


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#25662 - 10/07/05 04:37 PM Re: "Performing" Parrots on Ellen  
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I am pretty sure that is the same bird off Pet Star, I remember the name smile I am impressed that the bird will do that in a "strange" place. My grey is stuck at "whatcha doin?" but we love him anyways even if he never says another word, he does like to "call" the dog and then growl/flap his wings at her and watch her scramble... Poor dog gets so confused... LOL

#25663 - 10/08/05 07:21 AM Re: "Performing" Parrots on Ellen  
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Oy! I didn't catch the show.

Was it the same 'too that appeared on Letterman a few years ago? That was the bird's first national appearance and he was great. The owners of that bird did talk about how much work birds are.

#25664 - 10/08/05 01:19 PM Re: "Performing" Parrots on Ellen  
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Ellen had on a Grey and an Amazon, no Too... The Grey is called Wazu (sp?) and I cannot remember the Amazons name....

#25665 - 10/08/05 04:42 PM Re: "Performing" Parrots on Ellen  
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Amazon was Pepper! It was cute, brief and the birds look very happy and seem to enjoy the attention. smile

#25666 - 10/11/05 12:29 AM Re: "Performing" Parrots on Ellen  
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I was happy about the show too. The birds were cute and the show didn't promote something it shouldn't have. The commercials for the show had a lot more birds in it though so I am wondering if they ran out of time and couldn't show the clip they had on the commercials.


Kristen
Evie ~U2
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Benjamin ~M2
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RIP Jack ~M2
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