Lots of guys have a hard time finding a date, but few feel the pressure of Coco the Macaw.
A two-time resident of Paraguay’s Asunción Zoo (he was stolen once, then returned), Coco is one of the few remaining male Hyacinth macaws in the world. The endangered species has declined dramatically over the past 30 years due to their high value as pets and habitat descruction.
According to Scientific American, tens of thousands of the South American birds have been taken illegally from the wild, and their habitat has also been lost to cattle ranches and hydroelectric power.
“Reproduction in captivity is very complicated,” said Veterinarian Alex Lucas Spadetti. ”There are some factors that make it difficult, especially stress and the individual behavior of each animal, because in the wild they are extremely monogamous – they find a partner and continue as a couple for the rest of their lives. We have to be lucky enough to find animals that adapt here and that want to be with each other as a couple.”
If Coco can find a love connection in the near future, it could mean Hyacinth macaws will remain on Earth a little while longer. But breeding in captivity is incredibly difficult, and even if the right lady macaw is found, getting them to produce offspring will be an even bigger challenge.
Watch NTD Television’s report about Coco here!
Image Credit: Randy Read