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You're looking at the damage
to a lady's lip after it being bit off by by a large
cockatoo. This picture
was taken some 10 days later but you can see the bird
took off a large chunk and they
were worried that the blood flow to the
removed portion would not return.....
lucky for her, it did. Others who have
noses or ear pieces removed
are not unusual. This is why I stress not having
these large birds around children
especially, (as one man has already found
out the hard way when he posted
that a Moluccan had removed his 8 month
old daughters index finger).
Never forget that these "cuddly" creatures can
change in a split second, no
matter how long you've had them.
BIRDS BREATH AND
Here's a letter from a guy who disagrees with this
I found your site and I looked it over and was a bit confused..You
say you hate how people make
sites telling all these good things about Cockatoos..Well, your
site is so much worse. You tell all
these BAD things. If you want to tell the truth about them, tell
the good side of them as well. Your
site isn't informative, it's a rambling of hate. I don't mean to
be rude, but if you want to tell the truth then tell both sides of it,
the bad and the good..The fact is you are using a speech that could also
be used to classify children. The bad things about them but you fail to
mention the joy, pride and
happiness Cockatoo's can bring. If you put up a recording of their
'terrible screech' then you should also add one of their beautiful voice
or happy purrs. Don't just tell tragedy stories but also tell
stories of triumph and joy. Perhaps if you gave the good and the
bad, people would really know if a Cockatoo is for them, because all you
are doing now is trying to scare people from buying them.
Good, you DO understand the website then.
I am in fact trying to scare the "average" person away from these birds.
Why? Because it takes an "above average" person to care for them
And the above average person will gather all
the information out there and make a quality decision. My entire idea is
to save the thousands of 'Toos that are suffering even as we debate the
My allegiance is not with the owner, it's
with the bird.
This means that I'd rather not have the "average"
person wanting a "cuddly" parrot....
to "test-drive"a large cockatoo for a few
months or years only to have to get rid of them. You are indeed also
correct that they CAN be wonderful, and I make that fact known on my main
also state that it's up to YOU to make that
come about. I certainly appreciate your concern. P.S :
You are also right in the fact that they have
wonderfully low voices also. But that still doesn't
discount the fact that when a large 'Toos
"displays", you can hear them for blocks. Would you have
me hide that fact? This is another
main reason that people get rid of their large cockatoos.
Mytoos.com DOES make a difference....
Just want to say...we were bantering happily
about "What if we got a sulfur-crested someday? Or a big Umbrella?"
Even my small experience working at vets and growing up on a farm didn't
provide the knowledge we received when stumbling across your site...We
just sat for two hours and cried and read and were in awe...You have opened
our eyes, not only to the plight of birds in general but to larger issues.We
already were concerned for the welfare of animals, environment etc...But
something about your site has awakened us to a deeper understanding.We
have agreed to volunteer a portion of our crazy lives to the local bird
sanctuary and will NEVER own a bird again. (I once had the company of a
beautiful lutino cockatiel.)We can't thank you enough. Please keep
up the good work.
Briana & Andrew
Is there an overpopulation
(This statement found on a newsgroup)
" Many of these breeders have
60, 80 or more birds in areas like their
basements. So it's not
that there isn't an overpopulation problem.....it's
just easier to hide them because
they are not out wandering the streets like
cats and dogs and due to their
monetary value, many people will still try to
make a buck. I guess if we let
things continue we can accomplish what has
now become of dogs and cats.....their
worth had depleted to the point that
they are euthanized regularly.
" ...... (Think about this)
Are you the scientific type?
The classification of the cockatoos.
"Thank you for putting this information up for people to read.
Although it's a tough, straight-forward point of view, it's also factual,
realistic and honest about the way that real cockatoos are and how
they often are not taken care of properly. This is very important.
Thank you for doing the avian community a real justice with such
tough, straight-forward, honest words of wisdom...
Renee Riley, CEO Cockatoos.Org".
I have been touring your site and I'm impressed
and grateful. I used to work at what was a decent petstore - seriously
connecting pets with GOOD owners - but over my time there things changed,
and I overheard my co-workers selling birds
off to the most sadly inappropriate homes. For my
efforts at educating people properly, I was
relegated to cleaning and cash duty rather than sales,
but I still have customers from that store
who call with questions or problems.
I do what I can to direct people to the right
kind of bird, even if that means a stuffed bird, because
I have several birds that needed homes, included
a crippled Moluccan whom I had to purchase from
the store where I worked. She is very
quiet for a moluccan, but of course she does pick the absolute worst times
to start screaming - like when we're on the phone, or just before 'whodunits'
are revealed on the movies we watch (so we usually watch videos now, so
we can rewind!). I love the noise
have on your site, and she doesn't make those
kinds of noises although she makes a more
disturbing, annoying whine than any cockatoo
I've ever heard. :D She provides a continuous challenge
for us with her health issues, but your site really reminded me what a
treasure she is
and how I take it for granted when I hush
her for someone I'm speaking to.
Our birds are out as much as they can be, as
our climate and our neighborhood are not suitable for
an outdoor aviary, but all the same she needs
a secure cage to be in and play from, as with her
crippled feet she needs the bars of a cage
to hold on to. She loves to swing upside down hanging
from her toenails, and she does love to dance
but because of her feet she sometimes loses her
balance dancing. She is finally discovering
the joys of really playing, and will happily wrestle, play catch and play
peek-a-boo. She truly is a darling and a joy, and I don't want
to think what would
have happened to her if we had not taken her
(my husband and I). I suppose being destroyed is
better than being abused, but with all the
love and joy she has to give I can't imagine destroying that unnecessarily.
However, I must say that I would much rather
never have this wonderful love and joy if it meant that
no birds were captive, and no birds had to
suffer at the hands of ignorant, unscrupulous and even
cruel people. To mean that all birds
could live their lives in the wild, I would gladly give up the privilege
of my birds. In the meantime, I am proud to be part of a select (and
sadly far too small) population of individuals desperately in love with
parrots and doing all we can to make our world kinder, warmer and happier
for them. I see a few comments on your site where people refer to
God's plan for birds in the wild, and that
whole point stings me the most: I am a Christian, and I
serve God with every aspect of my life including
His planet: I look on my wonderful birds as
charges from Him, I am caring for them for
Him as they cannot be in their natural environment.
What I cannot fathom is why more people who
claim to love and serve God do not have any love or respect for the rest
of His creation. I do not agree with the worship of 'Gaia', and I
do not believe
that all animals are their own gods, but I
believe that God sees every one of them as precious and wonderful and His
creatures, and we should be treating them with that kind of love and respect.
I confess I break down and yell at my darlings more than I'd like (I'd
like to never do it) but I am
always quick to apologize when I behave wrongly
to any of them (lovebird or macaw, and all in between). It just drives
me to distraction that people can foster the problems in birds of which
your pictures demonstrate only the tip. When I see what horrible
things we are capable of, I am ashamed
to be human. The upside is that it renews
my joy in my own birds.
Please do keep up the excellent work.
Discourage as many foolish decisions as you can, and encourage as many
with the capacity for it to reach out in love as you can.
Behavioural, Introductory, Relational, and