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So Far So Good

Although not warm it is certainly warmer!! Our coldest was around -6 which is cold enough to freeze some of the water into the centre but up to -1 this morning, and also cold enough to freeze the machinery up so nothing moved on that side of things, Vinnie did try and thaw it out but then ended up getting his own vehicle stuck so had to have the digger to pull him out.

We are expecting some snow in the afternoon but nothing like they have had in Wales, hope all those poor birds out there are okay, all the animals here are doing fine and things like the Meerkats and Coatis have thrown the towel in and sit looking out of their windows in the warm rather than digging and climbing. The Cranes are loving it and look really graceful with a little white backdrop

As for the parrots, they love it, here’s two of the guys that have both been with us for many years, the green winged macaw has been with us for over 15 years and cant wait for the snow to arrive, they have the choice of indoor accommodation which is clean, dry, warm, loads of room and also where their food is, but still throughout the day they just love to come out and play in it. Part of the long term research ongoing here at the centre is, to see just why they love the snow so much when its something most parrots would never see, also to see how they seemingly cope without a problem with the temperature drop around their bare parts, feet and face in macaws? An example is, even when playing with snow they will stop digging and what looks like eating the snow and then fly off to get a drink from their normal water butts, so eating the snow obviously isn’t another way of getting fluids. It may just be that like our kids, they just love playing in it, who knows, that’s why we have scientists here no doubt…

Amazon Parrot enjoying the snow

Amazon Parrot enjoying the snow

Green Winged Macaw playing in the snow

Green Winged Macaw playing in the snow

Green Winged Macaw playing in the snow

Green Winged Macaw playing in the snow

Green Winged Macaw playing in the snow

Green Winged Macaw playing in the snow