Viewing a single comment thread. View all comments

wolfgang784 t1_itgl8vy wrote

Aw so good to hear. A lot of parrots, especially these larger rarer breeds, are quite smart and it has been proven that they can process and understand complex emotions. Poor things.

That said - they are still animals and will act unpredictably when scared. Big props to these people for rescuing them all. Large scared/angry/defensive birds can be terrifying to be near let alone handle and their beaks are not just for show. To go at em with bare hands and nets - either the rescuers were truly dedicated, or nobody told them the proper danger level first lol.


smallcoyfish t1_itgqxmp wrote

I'm guessing (watched video without sound) that those grabbing the birds had some experience. Those towel and hand holds are very effective if you do them right, and it only takes a few painful mistakes to teach you quickly.


sjb2059 t1_ithlil4 wrote

Honestly, as someone who has had a large parrot, the fact that nobody has mentioned having a finger amputated in this process really indicates that everyone who handled the birds knew what they were doing.

I LOVE my Morgan the African Grey, but I am also extremely respectful of her beak strength. I have experienced regrowing the fingertip nerves to know the possibilities.


Mertard t1_itiajit wrote

African Greys are the sassiest mfs out there


LilRach05 t1_itjiw2v wrote

Most are just a-holes! (Gandalf has bitten me 3 times)


Mertard t1_itk5nwr wrote

Bird has completely pierced my lip once :(


LilRach05 t1_itl0qom wrote

Yipes, you got me beat. Hope your lip has healed up


Mertard t1_itl70ls wrote

It has, but the shirt I was wearing that day has a permanent bloodstain


LilRach05 t1_itl8uhl wrote

A permanent monument to your lip injury.

But now the bird has a taste for human blood, beware!!!

(For the humor impaired, this a joke, I know all parrots already have thirst for human blood!)