Another consignment of African gray parrots arrived in Limbe Wildlife Centre in December. The parrots were rescued on the way to Nigeria by a joint operation between the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF) and the LAGA, a non-governmental organization working with MINFOF.
The parrots came here in a terrible condition; they were packed very tightly in 11 small crates without food or water. On arrival, 48 birds were already dead.
We received about 700 birds. As soon as we received the birds, we released them from the crates and gave them plenty of food and water. They were starving and very thirsty! Our veterinary team brought the birds in the worst condition to our clinic for treatment and intensive care. We left the rest of the birds alone, to avoid stressing them further. Parrots are very sensitive to stress.
The Birds Are Starting to Sing
Many of the parrots are very skinny and have wounds or broken wings after having been packed so tightly in the crates.
Even though we have received several parrots like this before, it is always a sad experience each time they come in. The first days, the parrots are very scared. They scream and cry and sudden movements make them frightened. After a few days, it changes. They start singing again!
Since the arrivial of the birds, the whole team here has been very busy. Not only does it take a lot of time to feed, water and clean the birds every day, but we have also had to build a new flight cages for the parrots. All of them now have bands on and have been treated for parasites.
Ready To Return To the Rainforest
This week, we have started releasing some of them back into the wild. It is so nice see them fly away into the forest. Hopefully they will never end up in a hunter’s trap again. See more photos of the parrots.
Festival of Freedom for “Unreachable” Animals
The Limbe Wildlife Centre is part of the Harmony Fund circle of charity, which helps to sustain 16 animal rescue projects worldwide. This parrot release is part of their international Festival of Freedom and they’re sharing this brief, joyful video of rescue footage to celebrate their ongoing mission to save the lives of animals others deem “unreachable.”
Photo credit: Limbe Wildlife Centre
By Sofie Meilvang