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From the parrot's beak: May 15 edition

Updated on May 14, 2016
M-o-o-o-o-om! Gettin' hungry here! - Photo by George Sommers
M-o-o-o-o-om! Gettin' hungry here! - Photo by George Sommers

- Out of Africa: Concern over dwindling numbers of their native African grey parrot populations is leading Gabon and five other African nations to push for moving the greys from Appendix II of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) to Appendix I. The European Union also supports the proposal which will be decided at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP17) in Johannesburg. Successful re-listing would mean all domestic greys living in countries that are covered under CITES would have to be registered and would need to have a closed ring or microchip; according to the Parrots Daily web site.

- Tree-mendous: Captain the ten year old macaw took an unscheduled outdoor flight ending 70 feet high in a tree. His owner knew just what to do - go on Facebook. Soon, a professional tree climber known for plucking kittens from high places was tagged and showed up to safely co-pilot Captain to the ground.

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- Smugglers smacked: Four Filipino would be bird smugglers were nabbed by the North Maluku Water Police. The smugglers were transporting some 212 birds; including cockatoos, eclectus parrots, lories and a lorikeet. The smugglers' plan was to use flashlights to signal buyers that they were ready to land and unload their birdy booty. Tragically, some of the birds were dead when the smugglers were apprehended.

- Support parrot unsupported: Kai the macaw goes everywhere with owner Mitchell Slaugh, except apparently the WinCo store in Clearwater, Washington. Although Kai is a registered support animal, he and his owner were booted from the store. "I had grabbed three of the five items I needed, and one of the clerks said I couldn't have a pet in the store," said Slaugh. Apparently, there is a legal loophole in that service animals are only currently recognized as dogs or small horses.

- Law of unintended consequences: PROFEPA is a Mexican organization intended to help preserve native wild animals and birds.One south of the border zoo accepts "surrendered" parrots; and one day that zoo's proprietors were told that all such parrots that had not been reported to them in the past year would be confiscated. A keeper had a bad feeling- she knew that Penelope the military macaw would be considered "illegal" and would be taken away despite eight months of diligent care and training. Penelope was indeed taken; along with five Mexican red heads, one white fronted Amazon, a pair of military macaws and six green parakeets.

- Sign seen on pet store parakeet display: "Please do not pick up the puppies."

- It is what it is: "Five years ago I won a contest... by submitting the word 'whatever' as the word that drove me up a wall. It is a word my youngest daughter threw in my face more times than I care to remember. Today, one of [my] African grey parrots looked at me when I said something, and as clear as a bell said 'Whatever'. I looked at him and said 'I beg your pardon?' He looked at me as a grey would, and repeated louder and clearer, 'Whatever'. I muttered 'right'... and turned around, trying not to laugh, and walked away. He started in on his entire vocabulary, from hello in umpteen voices," reports a Facebook poster.

-- Parrotrivia: The “Big Bang''s nerdy Sheldon attributes a case of ornithophobia (fear of birds) to a traumatic childhood incident where a pet store parrot tells him he has a fat butt. (cleaned up version.)

- Quote o' the week: So what I bit you. Let me call the wah-mbulance. Or better yet, I'll imitate it for you. - Facebook meme.

- Hot dates: All times local unless otherwise noted.

5/14-15: Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Road, Charlotte, NC - Sat 10-6, Sun 11- 4

5/14: Feathered Sanctuary Parrot Rescue 2nd Annual Picnic. Special guest presentation by Dr. Irene Pepperberg. Also Chet Fuhrman, Casey Jones the African grey. Dr. Susan Crane and Sammy the certified therapy cockatoo, Food, raffles.12-5. 1674 Kirkwood Pk. Kirkwood, PA -- Lara Joseph; animal/parrot behaviorist and Todd Driggers DVM address at Oasis Sanctuary 10-4. MST. 5411 N. Teren Rd., Bensen, AZ -- Acupuncture in Animals class. Parrot University. Pineville Towne Market at 321 So. Polk Street. Pineville NC -- Critter Palooza Exotic Bird & Animal Fair. 8-1. Clemmons Civic Club. 2870 Middlebrook Dr., Clemmons, NC -- Understanding behavior - Stepping Stones toward Bird Training 1-3, Nevins Farm MSPCA, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA -- Bird Mart.9-5. $4.; under 12 FREE. 2001 Suntide Rd. Corpus Christi, TX.-- -- National Be Kind to Animals Week (last day)

5/15: Medina Bird Fair 10-4. Vendors, speakers, raffles and more.10-4 W. 735 Lafayette Rd. (St. Rt. 42) Medina, Ohio.-- Erie Cage Bird Club Annual Bird Fair - New Perry Highway Hose Company, 8281 Oliver Road, Erie, PA - 10-4

5/21: Lancaster Bird Expo - featuring "The East Coast Food Feud" Queen of Chop Patricia Sund vs. King of Raw Jason Crean. Lancaster Host Resort, 2300 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA - 9-5 -- Greater Charlotte Cage Bird Society Spring Expo. Admission $3.00; seniors under 8 FREE. $50.00 door prize. 9-4. North Carolina Army National Guard, 300 6th Street Belmont, NC. -- Sex and the Single Bird class. 2 pm.Parrot Univ. Pineville Towne Market at 321 So. Polk Street. Pineville NC -- Things I Wish I'd Known class. Fairfax also Chesapeake, VA details: -- No Place Like Home class Millersville MD also Alexander, NC. details:

5/22: Positive Reinforcement class. 2 pm. Parrot Univ. Pineville Towne Market at 321 So. Polk Street. Pineville NC

5/25: Avian Vet Dr. Vanessa Rolfe live Youtube broadcast from the Bird & Exotic Hospital hosted by Parrot Society of the Palm Beaches. If you have an important question, text (561) 317-6080. Include your first name and where you are from. For more info go to:

- Lost: African grey 'Storm' College Grove, MN. (952) 807-1233/807-1183.-- Lost: Meyers parrot 'Mipi' S. Lindenhurst, NY (516) 984-4615 -- Lost: African grey 'Chelly' Mineola, NY. Reward offered. (917) 686-6742.


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