January 31, 2008
The Conures are safe in PA! Official
Published: Jan 30, 2008
LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. - In the face of angry opposition from pet owners, the Pennsylvania Game Commission Tuesday dropped a proposal that would have banned ownership of nanday conures, a popular South American parrot.
The agency had feared that the parrots, also called blackhooded parakeets, would escape into the wild and set up colonies that would compete with native wildlife.
But a number of people, including a Lancaster veterinarian, said there was no way the parrots could survive a Pennsylvania winter.
January 29, 2008
Conure Pet Update
have been removed from the proposal to amend 58 PA Code Section 137.1.
This means that Nanday Conures WILL NOT BE BANNED IN PENNSYLVANIA.
License Please! says MO Government/all pets must have permit!
We just became aware of a bill that has been proposed in the Missouri state legislature to force all bird owners and others who have pets that are designated as “wild by nature,” whether bred in captivity or the wild to have to register for a permit to have them on a yearly basis.
Please let everyone you know be aware of this very scary bill.
January 28, 2008
Meeting is for the Birds!
The 2008 hunting and trapping seasons and limits hearing of the Pennsylvania Game Commission on Sunday was nearly a carbon copy of similar meetings over the past several years.
For more than a quarter of the 50 or so speakers throughout the afternoon, however, deer weren't even on the radar.
It was the nanday conure that brought them to the meeting.
Please read full story here.
January 25, 2008
1,200 parrots rescued at airport
(The World Parrot Trust has more info and ways for you to help.)
Over 1,200 exotic African Grey Parrots have been seized from traffickers in Cameroon after 2 two shipments were intercepted by the Ministry of Forests and Wildlife in Douala International Airport.
The parrots were being illegally shipped to Bahrain and Mexico for the exotic pet trade, and are now being cared for by the Limbe Wildlife Centre (LWC).
“As you can imagine it was pandemonium here when they all arrived, squashed into tiny crates, the live birds standing on top of their dead cage mates. It was a terrible scene” says Felix Lankester, Chief Veterinarian of LWC., that has now received 2 truckloads of the dying parrots.
Under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), only limited numbers of parrots can be moved or traded.
please read the full story here!
January 24, 2008
DREAMWORLD’S BLUE EYED KOALA BRANCHES OUT INTO THE SPOTLIGHT
January 15, 2008 .... He may have been christened “Logan”, but as soon as Dreamworld’s newest koala emerged from his mum’s pouch and took a first glimpse of the world late last year, he was dubbed “Frankie” for his extraordinary blue eyes.
“He’s a little puff of fur with intense blue eyes,” said Dreamworld’s Life Sciences Supervisor, Michelle Barnes. "I have worked with koalas for 14 years and have never seen a blue eyed koala before.”
Australian Koala Foundation’s (AKF) CEO, Deborah Tabart was also at a loss to explain the unusual eye colouring. “In the 20 year history of the AKF, this is the first we have heard of a blue-eyed koala in captivity. It certainly appears to be a once in a lifetime event.”
Visit the site If the link does not work for you.. copy and paste this into your browser: www.themeparksgoldcoast.com.au
January 22, 2008
Live in PA? Own a Conure? Maybe not for long!
THE PENNSYLVANIA GAME COMMISSION IS IN THE PROCESS OF AMENDING THE PA LAW 137.1 TO PROHIBIT THE IMPORTATION, POSSESSION, SALE AND RELEASE OF THE NANDAY CONURE IN PENNSYLVANIA..
THE COMMISSION WILL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO COME INTO YOUR HOME AND KILL IT. THE REASON FOR THIS IS BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE THAT NANDAY'S, LIKE THE QUAKER PARROT, CAN SURVIVE IN COLD CLIMATES AND FORM FLOCKS AND BECOME A NUISANCE.
Please read the full release. Contact info to make your voice heard is listed as well.
January 18, 2008
Be a parrot toy angel
Contact Lynn Williams at www.parrottoyangels.com to see what YOU can do to help rescued and sanctuary birds have handmade toys that they so desperately need to keep them healthy and happy while not in a home/family environment.
January 15, 2008
Did you know?
Just one of the many really interesting reads on the Natures Corner Magazine site!
January 14, 2008
Have you been too....
There you will find links to other great animal sites, stories, contests, pictures and videos.. all about the Companion Animals in our lives!
January 11, 2008
A woman whose home was swamped by last week's flooding says she's thankful that neighbors saved her parrot, which nearly drowned after rescuers refused to let her bring the bird onto their boat.
Claudia Shown talks with her parrot, Mo Jo, while staying at a Best Western in Monticello. Shown was forced to evacuate her home on Lake Freeman when floodwaters entered her home early Tuesday. She had to leave Mo Jo behind.
Read this story, make sure your town has laws in place to allow your pets to be rescued and stay with you in a safe place. You may not be as lucky as this woman and her African Grey!
January 08, 2008
Woman 'adopts' owl
Trinadad & Tobago
What appears to be a lost pet owl has been adopted by a Mt Lambert woman's pet parrot.
The woman, who is now looking for the bird's owner, told the Express yesterday that the pair have been 'liming' together since she took the owl in.
The nocturnal bird-of-prey showed up in a neighbour's yard on Tuesday night. It was disoriented and defensive but refused to leave.
"My neighbour asked for help. I eventually took my parrot out of her cage and managed to get the owl into it. I got the impression that it might have been someone's pet," the owl's 'foster mother', Rachel, said.
The bird hasn't lacked for a fellow feathered friend, since the woman's parrot, Caura, has stayed on top of the cage since.
Rachel is eager to reunite the bird with its owner.
January 07, 2008
Companion Birds treat recall
Stealth Recall: United Pet Group Pet Treats
Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2008 at 7:00 am in National Dog, Cat & Pet Info, Other Pets, Pet Food Recalls & Safety.
By Emily Huh
On the FDA’s Enforcement Report, dated December 26, 2007, there was a recall involving various United Pet Group products. United Pet Group owns various brands including 8 in 1, Dingo, Tetra, Nature’s Miracle, and Marineland.
Here are the details from the report:
FDA Enforcement Report December 26, 2007
a) Wild Harvest Fruit and Honey Cockatiel, Recall # V-021-2008;
b) Ecotrition Tropical Fruit and Honey Bars, Recall # V-022-2008;
c) Wild Harvest Hamster, Gerbil, Mouse & Rat Honey Cakes, Recall # V-023-2008
a) Lot: 07096 and Lot: 07108;
b) and c) Lot: 07096
United Pet Group Inc., Cincinnati, OH, by telephone and letter. Firm initiated recall is ongoing.
Pet treats were imported from China. LOS-DO sampled the treats and they were positive for melamine. The shipments were placed on hold for redelivery and was erroneously shipped into commerce.
VOLUME OF PRODUCT IN COMMERCE
AZ, CA, FL, MI, NJ, NY, TX, and WA
We contacted United Pet Group, but we did not receive a response from the company in time for press.
Also, Menusux pointed out that these products have showed up several times on the FDA OASIS Refusals Reports for September, October, and November of 2007.
Source: FDA Enforcement Report, FDA OASIS Refusals
January 04, 2008
SAVED.. BY MY PARROT
Story sent to one of the parrot lists..
Charlie the parrot saved his owner Jeff Blunt's life when he found a new perch - on the phone.
The exotic pet was flying free in the lounge when Jeff collapsed with a heart attack.
As Jeff, 45, passed out, Charlie landed on the phone, knocked off the receiver and hit the redial button. That sent a call to Jeff's friend John Radcliffe, who he had spoken to the night before.
John, 49, recognised the caller's number but could only just make out the sound of Jeff groaning in agony. He dashed round, used a spare key to get in and called an ambulance when he found his mate on the settee clutching his chest...
Paramedics realised that 18-stone Jeff had suffered a heart attack and whisked him into intensive care at his local hospital.
Jeff, back home in Telford, Shrops, after nine days in a coronary care unit, said: "Charlie is a life saver. His actions are the reason I am here to tell the story." Grateful Jeff spent £200 on a new perch, food tray, water dispenser and toys for the five-year-old Amazon Green parrot for Christmas.
He said: "I put them round his perch for him to open."
Jeff is now shedding weight after ditching his daily diet of Indian takeaways, fish and chips or pizza washed down by three or four pints of strong lager.
He said: "I've gone veggie and should be around 12 stone by next summer. I feel I've been given a second chance to live.
"I am the luckiest guy alive and have Charlie to thank. If he hadn't pressed the redial button, I hate to think what the outcome could have been. I call him my parrotmedic."
January 02, 2008
Firefighter Rescues Parrots..
(Sue note~ if you've been on some of the parrot lists for a while, this would get some of them going! ~Also, was sent to me with no reference.
Paralyzed on his right side and unable to speak following a car accident, former firefighter Brian Wilson credits his parrots with helping him get back on his feet.
Now, he is returning the favor by caring for birds others no longer want.
"I was supposed to be in a wheelchair, in a nursing home," Wilson said, recalling how his parrots helped him recover from the brain injury suffered shortly after retiring as a Montgomery County firefighter in 1995.
"They kept repeating one word, and they knew I would say it right," Wilson said.
"It was like I was a child. But it worked. They taught me how to talk again. Then I had to learn to walk, because I had to let them out and take care of them and clean their cages."
Now, people bring him birds, often warning he won't be able to hold them. He often amazes the owners by winning the birds over in minutes.
"Ninety percent of them have been so neglected, they don't want to come out of their cage because they don't know what will happen," Wilson said.
Wilson speaks with a deep voice when he instructs parrots to step up or down, and softly when he tells them he loves them and gives them kisses as rewards. If they don't respond correctly, he ignores them...
"They need attention all the time," Wilson said. "I give them everything they want and deserve."
They also need a balanced diet, Wilson said, noting seeds alone will cut their life span in half. Parrots enjoy fruits, vegetables, and even chicken bones, which they chew to get to the marrow, but can't have chocolate, caffeine and avocado and apple seeds, which can be fatal.
For those considering a parrot as a pet, he advises them to let the bird choose the owner.
"Know that they are messy, destructive and need attention," he said.
January 01, 2008
Happy New Year
May all your New years be bright, healthy and happy.