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Blog Test at The Parrot Zoo

Here I am, sat in the study at 20.49pm on the 3rd November sipping at my glass of white wine while reading the responses to my previous blogs and its quite satisfying that even though I haven’t really been on the ball this year what with all the new enclosures being built and the massive changes within the business, but even after all that, I have 37,945 views to the blogs, producing 634 positive responses and 5 negatives, all the negs from the Unlike tribe I believe. This in mind I think its worth while continuing writing them and hopefully now my first book is complete (108,000 words in part one) I may even get a little better grammatically, who knows.

Now for the TEST bit….. In this new blog program I have some online stats built in so would like to give them a go with your help.

I dont know exactly what you see, but if theres a SHARE option, please press it….

I will let you know what happens

Thank you to all the 37,945

Every Dog or Parrot has it’s day……

Well as the saying goes ‘Every dog has its day’ and that may just come to fruition finally. I sit here on a sunday evening producing a document for the legal people who are now willing to look at the personal smear attack on my family and me over the past 5 years under the new ‘Online Defamatory and harassment Bill’. Although the attacks have been predominantly made by only a few individuals they have tried in vane to create as much harrassment for us and our animals by instigiating as many inspections as possible, to which we passed every single one, not satisfied with that, they have then took it on themselves to enlist innocent people in a Facebook group to maintain these insults in order to cause as much suffering to my family as they can and this includes the creation of a fabricated video. Just who do these hurtful people think they are?

Well, laid out in front of me now, some 55 pages of information, copy and pasted from their group, including unbeleivable language and disgusting comments from people who have never even visited the place or met me (and i havent finished yet) by the end of this evening I will have some document ready to hand to the police.

I think they call it Karma…….

All Change at The Parrot Zoo

Yes we are changing yet again, more internal than external but we are in the process of having a total revamp. New people doing new roles, a whole new computerised admin and back up system, we are getting posh in our old age.

Animal Update,
We have had the best year ever regarding the parrots and hopefully as the numbers within the pet trade slows as we predicted, then the numbers being taken in to rescues will also diminish. We have however just taken a large batch from a rescue in the north who sadly closed down due to low standards being maintained, all too common I fear as many new ones take up in the rescue world, not knowing the full implications, this is no disrespect to their attempts but even experienced parrot keepers such as David Woodbury ( I have been informed he had over 20 years of experience breeding and keeping parrots), he too fell victim to it as Trustee of Parrotcare UK the charity that sadly was closed down after causing severe neglect to the parrots in its care. Fortunately some kind people and the vet Neil Forbes stopped all that. But then who ends up with more birds through it ….Yes yours truly the National Parrot Sanctuary, fortunately we are geared for such events so it didn’t cause us any problems really, saying that, we do seem to be having an increase of calls from concerned members of many rescues asking if we will take in birds.

As many of our visitors will know, “There’s more than just parrots at the parrot zoo”…. (you have to sing that bit, like they do in our adverts 🙂 ), although the emphasis and ethos of the charity will always remain, through the involvement of other members of the management team we are now introducing more rescued animals to both offer them long-term care and to give our visitors a slightly different experience. We have rolled this out over the past three years or so and it has worked tremendously with our visitors giving us nothing but praise in our in-house surveys, this in mind you will see many new faces appear here at the sanctuary both animal and people as we are ready to expand even more, moving on to the next 10 acres of development, the most exciting thing for me will be the construction of the new African Grey enclosure which will be a first in the UK and by far the largest Grey colony outside of Africa.

Our research department has again had another paper published, don’t know if that means I am getting cleverer …probably not … and that too will expand over the next 12 months.

Our medical team is also on the up, with two of our girls just completing their vet nursing and will be working with both our existing vet along with our new vet…..Why two? I hear you ask, the answer is easy, our main vet is a real expert in Parrots and members of the avian world along with a great interest in mammals while our new vet will have have the same in reverse, an expert in the animals side of things with a yearning to learn more about parrots, so win win really.

Our new Animal Holding Enclosure is nearly complete and if you have been following our Facebook page you will have seen the pictures of stage by stage development, along with the many blooming selfies I have had to endure, only 80 more and that will be the yearly dosage, I will attempt to get some links on here so you can catch up on them should you so wish…

Right I am going to sign off as I am passing another section of my work over today to another member of staff, Not have a lot to do soon 🙂 but I need to make sure it’s all in order, and on saying that the heavens have opened and we are getting our first bit of rain for a long time…

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Parrot Rescue Update

Bring you up to speed with events, surprisingly I received a telephone call from a lady at Safehaven expressing her sincere apologies on the matter, she explained the fact that they had got things a little mixed up and their ACO (not sure what that is 🙂 ) was both wrong to send the ladies to the sanctuary after she had been informed that the bird was not rung along with throwing accusations the way she did.

I must say I admire her honesty in contacting us however that still doesn’t mean it’s acceptable the fact she was allowed to cause such mayhem in the name of the charity she represents.

I also received some hate mail from the silly little unlike group asking for pictures of the dead Badger, I do have them but don’t think they’re really suitable for putting on a blog.

Still, we are far too busy to worry about that now and more hope the ladies have been reunited with their much loved pet.


How Parrot Rescues can cause both Confusion & Upset

Been dragged out of blog retirement due to a recent event here at the centre, caused by total inefficient and unprofessional groups acting as parrot rescues.

A few days ago we were contacted by one of the small parrot rescues, Safehaven Parrot Refuge, informing the centre that they’d been contacted by someone who had lost their parrot and they believed it had been relocated here at the national centre. It was a macaw that had flown away in London. It was true we had taken in a macaw that was found in London in June this year, the nice chap that had found it, attempted to find its true home but to no avail, so after a couple of weeks, contacted the National Parrot Sanctuary asking if we would take it in, we duly agreed, with this he arrived within a few days and the macaw was settled in.

In my initial conversation with the woman from safehaven I told her that there would be no problem and that it was good that they had found the owner, she interrupted saying, that the lady can confirm its her bird, informing me that she has the ring number etc, that’s where we realised there was a problem, the little Severe Macaw that arrived was microchipped not rung, ‘Oh that’s a shame she said’, but I did say the lady was more than welcome to call me and I could take details of her macaw and should anyone ring, direct them in the right direction, no calls or contact so as far as we were concerned, she had duly informed the lady.

That afternoon, approx 4.15, a staff member radioed requesting assistance, 2 women who were making threats, me being the nearest attended, it didn’t take long before I realised it was the women who had been in contact with Safehaven, they were talking to Digby the Blue and Gold, one of our long timers who’s been with us for 11 years, asking me where we’d got him from as they thought it was theirs, I then became confused (not hard at my age :-)), before I could go into explanations they verbally attacked me saying they had relatives as policemen and they weren’t leaving without informing the police, to which I was more than happy to assist, it would have sorted the situation quicker, but they declined, instead they called the safehaven woman, who adamantly said that it was their bird that had been sent here and that this is how we operate she knows we will have sold it. 🙂

But then what I would have thought would have quashed it instantly actually turned it into a farce, while she was on the phone, the other lady, (her mom) who was with her, again started talking to Digby trying to get him over to her, ‘why are you talking to him, when yours was a Severe’ I innocently asked, only to be advised that theirs was a B&G, all mayhem broke loose as they accused us of cutting rings off, selling parrots etc, (the usual tripe). It was totally the wrong bird that Safehaven had sent them on a 300 mile round trip for, but they weren’t having any of it, so against protocol, I contacted the chap who brought the Severe and asked him to confirm it, this he did but again they didn’t believe him either, I then showed them the first 5 macaws in front of us asking why they all had rings on if we cut them off? this wasn’t taken too well when they slowly realised they were totally wrong, becoming more apparent when they telephoned the Safehaven receptionist who duly advised them, she had got it all wrong and it wasn’t here where the bird had been sent to, but another rescue ????

The poor ladies were very upset, but even after offering them a drink and a sandwich before they set off on their long way home, they still thought it was a con and threatened everyone in the place with what their policemen family were going to do to us, (albeit they couldn’t seem to get it right whether they were active or retired as they both told different stories), they then sped off, wheel spinning out of control out of the car park and a poor badger took the brunt of their anger :-(?

My point is, Do you not think it’s time we licenced all parrot rescues to prevent this lack of professionalism, create proper bona fide paperwork and so minimise this and other types of heartache caused to people and lost parrots. It is no wonder that these and many more amateurish groups are still, some 20 years later, operating out of a terraced house full of poor parrots with more staff changes than a parrot has feathers.

Suppose it will give a little drivel of fuel for the puppets 🙂

Rant Over….. and I hope the ladies have found their parrot 🙂