Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: New Zealand
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I'm going to try to help this cockatoo!
Well, for as long as I can remember, my local petshop has owned a male sulpher crested cockatoo.
He's in his cage all day (a decent size), with only a box to rip up, a dog treat to chew, a few perches and food and water.
But the cage is only suitable if he can get time out of his cage, and 'toos really need hours of attention, not just the odd greeting from customers.
And even worse, he's not even up the front, but tucked away at the back, after he bit someone.
I've been told the last owners of the shop used to have him out all the time, and his cage was by the front desk. But there's new owners now, who own the 'too now.
The petshop opens at 9:00, and closes 5:30, and he's left alone all night.
If your going to own a parrot, you can do things that are legal, or you can go the extra mile and give it a really nice life.
I've told my boss, (the SPCA inspector)
and he told me that they aren't really breaking any rules, but might be be breaking the one 'animals must be able to display natural behaviour patterns'
So I'm going to try to give him a better life, and find him a loving owner, because thats what such a smart animal desrves.