(Question #4 from our new FAQ page).. Parrots are prey (animals hunted for food by carnivorous animals). Parrots recognize humans as predators (animals that hunt and eat other animals) because we can look at them with two eyes at the same time. When a predator hunts prey, they focus their [...]
No? Then don’t buy a parrot! Parrots create a lot of dander. Much more than any other animal considered to be a pet. Garuda Aviary’s flock creates more dander in a week then the average household creates in a year. In one year, our flock produces more than 6 pounds [...]
Don’t Throw Me Away by Christopher (Rigdzen) Zeoli
You don’t have to go far to hear about an animal that has been “thrown away.” But that description is usually exaggerated symbolic imagery for a more mundane example of neglect and abandonment. In this case, the description “thrown away” is literal. The story you [...]
Our Aviary Director, Christopher Zeoli, who watches over the Flock with an “eagle eye”, recently noticed that Amigo, our Pionus Parrot was visibly losing weight, napping a lot, making atypical vocalizations and exhibiting altered behavior.
After bringing Amigo to our trusted vet, the decision was made to keep her overnight to examine her and tube feed her. The next morning when Christopher returned, the vet did not have a diagnosis for Amigo. Her blood levels looked great, her organs read out as being in great shape. The vet went on to say that “sometimes a bird just gets knocked down and they may need help to pull through. And if they do, they will generally pull through and recover.”
Amigo was sent me home with a “recovery formula” and a common veterinary antibiotic.
For over a week, Christopher vigilantly nursed Amigo, but still she was still not eating enough of her regular food to sustain life.
Christopher brought Amigo back to the vet, who was disheartened and perplexed to see Amigo not recovering. Looking at her file, he went through a long list of readings that did not provide any clues, “Her bloodwork looks great. Her organs look great. Kidneys, liver, heart looks great. These results provided no clues at all. She should be doing fine.”
Christopher explained that Amigo likes the recovery formula and she seems to eat regular food, but apparently not enough. Christopher suggested that perhaps it could be some kind of physical discomfort or obstruction to eating, because in her seed bowl he saw sunflower seeds that were broken open, but the kernels were uneaten. That made the vet furrow his brow. “It sounds like something wrong with her beak or jaw. But I took X-rays and saw no abnormalities.”
Before sending Christopher and Amigo home with instructions to continue the supplemental feedings and a referral to a local specialist, this is what the vet told Christopher, “I am really impressed with your follow through here. Without any doubt, you have kept this bird alive. Were it not for your attention, we would not be here having this conversation.”
That is because, here at Garuda Aviary, we NEVER give up – and we need your help to sustain our efforts to care for Amigo.
As our loyal and dedicated supporters, you will be happy to know the good news is that Amigo is still with us and she continues to be nursed under the watchful and vigilant eye of Christopher, our Aviary Director.
However, we currently have a vet bill for $1,200.00 and more expenses looming, if further vet care is needed.
Please help us to never give up on Amigo by making a contribution today!
To contribute now, please click on the donate button (which is in the upper right hand corner of this page) and be sure to note that your generosity is for Amigo’s Vet Bill.
We thank you for your compassion and generosity — and for never giving up on Amigo!
The Garuda Aviary
Garuda Aviary Needs Volunteers!
Do you want to learn about parrots? What they should eat? What kind of stimulation they need? Their language? Their history? How they think? How they feel?
Are you good with animals? Do you feel like you know how to talk to them? How to respond to them and what their responses mean?
If you said yes to any of these questions, then maybe you should consider volunteering at Garuda Aviary.
The Garuda Aviary is a non-profit sanctuary whose mission is to provide lifelong care for abused, neglected and abandoned companion parrots as well as provide education to the public about the plight of parrots worldwide.
Currently Garuda Aviary provides care for over 50 Parrots, many of whom have been reintroduced to life as “part of the flock” for the first time in their lives. In addition to our climate-controlled indoor facility, our birds can experience the feel of the sun on their wings in our spacious outdoor flight cage.
We are also committed to educating the public about the huge commitment, responsibility and difficulty of keeping parrots as pets and address the tragic effects of the cruel and inhumane illicit bird trade. The goal is to prevent future abuse, neglect and abandonment.
We invite you to please take a moment right NOW and view this short 10 minute video, which will give you a complete overview of the Garuda Aviary and our mission of compassion.
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Become a supporter of the Garuda Aviary TODAY and be a part of helping to make a HUGE difference in the lives of abused, neglected and abandoned Parrots!
We rely solely on contributions from our kind supporters. YOU can make a difference!
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