An “unexpected” Christmas gift: More than 800 parrots have been commissioned in Michigan by the son of a man who confined them to a room in his home, the foundation and press report.
“Three bird conservation societies are working together today to save the more than 800 parrots that have been deposited with us,” the Detroit Animal Welfare Group said on Facebook Sunday.
The son of a collector whose bird-breeding project was derailed gave 497 parrots to this shelter on Christmas Eve, before returning Sunday with an additional 339 birds.
“The Christmas gift we weren’t expecting…” commented the Detroit animal welfare group.
“These birds come from a very unhealthy environment, and the owner’s irresponsibility is outrageous,” the shelter continued.
According to his son, the owner of the parrots kept them in cages in a room of his house and spent $1,200 a month to feed them, according to local media in the Detroit Free Press.
They were on top of each other and were choking on each other. They were very tense, barely moving. “We had to take them out and put them in different cages,” Kelly Leponte, president of the Detroit Animal Care Group, told the newspaper.
The association said the parrots will be available for adoption after being examined by a vet, and some need urgent care.
In the United States, people who collect animals without proper care can be subject to legal action.
However, the Detroit animal welfare group stressed that it had not contacted US authorities about the rescued parrots.